Like everyone I have watched the riots with utter dismay and contempt for those doing it. It was frightning that teenagers could rise up like that and be uncontrolled by the very people trying to protect us.I tried to listen to all sides of the spectrum as to why they chose this path and found myself agreeing that
they were just all idiots who took a chance and for them it paid off. But then one night while Manchester was being hit by rioters and having seen a ton of police racing towards the city centre I realised there had to be more to it than chance. Could society be putting too much pressure on these kids that its made them explode?.Pressure in schools to perform well and get a good education so that when you leave school there won’t be any jobs for you but still get the exams done well just incase .. pressure like my sons facing. At ten years old he’s expected to know exactly what he wants to be.
And he’s taking exams this year that for all their fancy talk boils down too how thick he is or isn’t that determines his next school. We have told him to do his best and we will be proud of him, but his teachers push and pushed him last year to be better to succeed and he struggled and felt a failure. This isn’t right. He’s ten.
Pressure to live up or live down a reputation teenagers have got. If you live in a rough area your not expected to achieve anything higher than a asbo. If you live in a upper area then its uni, and lawyer jobs. Pressure to right the world. Every generation blames the one before but with all these politicians and idiots on their soap boxes blaming all that’s wrong with the planet on the youth of today where’s there inspiration to be something? It’s in the gutter with everyone’s opinions of them.
Surely if kids are feeling that every day just like us adults there’s going to come a day when their brain says ENOUGH! And they rebel. They rebel against those who seek to belittle them, those who seek to blame them and paint them as the scourge of our society and take away their rights and sense of worth.
I’m not saying what they did was right, but maybe whilst they are being punished for their part in it all maybe others should be looking at their part in it all. Society itself took a role and by the looks of the damage and emotional upheaval just like at a opera at the end the fat lady didn’t just sing, she dam well went crazy!!
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