Too Early in the Morning for Deadly Pranks? No!

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 7th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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3:30 in the morning and children risking their life, what has life gotten to? How stupid can hey get? But even worse society does no seem to care about kids that misbehave. No longer do the police care, and no longer do they issue a stern telling off that frightened many kids in other eras.

Why? Oh! Why?

Driving through a normally busy intersection at 3:30am, before daylight, you hardly expect to encounter children darting across four lanes of traffic - it seemed as if their challenge was to complete the crossing before the cars knocked them off their bikes. Yet the police seemed oblivious to what was happening and were unwilling to do anything about it, I guess that finding the culprits takes too much effort.

Truth is that while driving you do encounter many strange activities and kids playing tricks on bikes is not actually that uncommon although it is more a nuisance factor when navigating a car park than driving down a busy street. However on this particular morning to find a couple of kids playing chicken with traffic at a major junction before 4am was exceptional. Heading out for an early meeting in a distant city with a colleague we both of us noted the age of the children involved, approximately 12 or 13, as we talked in horrified tones.

What Sort of Parent...

This curious sight, naturally, took up much of our conversation on that morning's journey, not only were we wondering why these kids were out at a time in the morning when apart from us the only thing on the road seemed to be taxi cabs, police cars and the occasional drunk driver.

"What sort of parent would let their kids out at this time in the morning?" asked my colleague before going sheepishly silent remembering that he had once snook out early in the morning as well just to experience the thrill of riding through the empty city streets, and that is precisely what he had trouble talking because he had been the rebel, yet here he was criticising these youth. On his excursion though he barely got a mile down the road when a policeman stopped and collared him then took him home after a lengthy telling off. Of course his parents repeated the stern lecture, not pleased at being woken by the local policeman at such an early hour, and I have to admit his was exactly what these kids needed at this early hour, this is not criminal but it is dangerous and they need to change their attitude.

Doing Stupid Things

Obviously children do stupid things, it is a part of the learning process, a part of growing up. However during our discussions the one aspect I agreed with was that had I or my childhood friends been spotted, irrespective of the time of day, playing the same games then the policeman would have given us a lecture, taken us to the police station, then called our parents before repeating the same lecture in front of them. Then of course we would then have to account for our behaviour on the journey home and again in front of the whole family and possibly in front of grandparents and cousins. I know because my brother was caught playing a minor prank, that was enough to make any child in he family think twice before repeating the action and certainly the policeman seemed very scary indeed to us children.

I have heard it said that today's children have little respect for authority and that their parents do not care. This may be true for certain elements in society, but in my experience it is not a valid generalisation. I raised my own child with a moral code that ensured he did not go out playing pranks, but not all parents think that way and sadly seem to care little about their children's future.

Part of the problem here is that police simply do not bother about these kids, unless they had committed a crime. Kids roaming the streets at four in the morning may not be a crime, but it does warrant serious attention. It is an element of protecting the community, even if it is simply a case of giving them a lesson to remember.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Nov 2013 (#)

I think the police now are maybe too busy with other things, but if somebodies kid is killed on the road there will be an outcry.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Nov 2013 (#)

I truly hope so Peter...this is a wise piece indeed ...

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author avatar Mariah
7th Nov 2013 (#)

As Mark said, a fatality occurring from this would put blame on everybody else, expect the parents who apparently don't notice or don't give a damn if their kids are out playing chicken on the roads during the night, a driver may get killed swerving to avoid them, if it is the other way round, then that driver's life is also as good as over anyway.. because life would never be the same again.
Where are the police when needed..sitting in lay by drinking coffee most likely.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
8th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting post

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author avatar Ptrikha
8th Nov 2013 (#)

Such behavior among kids needs to be checked, primarily for their safety and well-being. Learning through pranks is acceptable and required, but within limits and not in a way that jeopardises their well being.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
8th Nov 2013 (#)

I don't know if this happens in Britain , but I feel sure if it did the police would be on the situation in a flash , and rightly so ...
Bless you Peter

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Nov 2013 (#)

Some neighborhoods are definitely more safety conscious than others. My mom kept a pretty tight rope on us, but we still managed to find trouble from time to time. Now that I'm Mom, I appreciate her wariness a lot more!!!

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
9th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting article.Exposure to extreme sports is also tempting youth to behave this way.Dare devil stunts has become a common problem around the world.Here in South Africa,youth also do railway surfing.That means getting on top of a train and then waiting for the last moment to avoid overhanging electric cables etc.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

The boundaries set by parents are fading as more and more outside influences take over. Fear of reprimanding children in public and losing custody is a prevalent fear in some places. The police are falling away from the "To Protect and Serve" motto displayed on their cars. We live in a messed up society now, and our children are suffering the most.

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