Scum

I helped Julia unload the car this morning, as we had various donations from home and neighbours  for the garden.

After that I started taking some flower pictures, until cursing from Julia alerted me to the fact that all was not well in the polytunnel.

I made my way across at a rapid amble (which is about as quick as I get these days) to find that all was not well. The tunnel had had visitors during the night and they had not behaved well.

It could have been worse, as they hadn’t touched the tunnel itself. They had, however, thrown plants on the floor, decapitated Feathers McGraw, rifled the tools, looked through drawers, and emptied the canes from newly made bug boxes onto the floor.

The perpetrators then went on to interfering with cars in the school car park (there were evening classes in progress). It seems that the school doesn’t have cameras in the car park. They have disclaimer notices up so, it seems, they don’t bother with security.

 

28 thoughts on “Scum

  1. Clare Pooley

    I am sorry this has happened. We have recently had two visits from vandals in our church after never having any bother in living memory. These young people do not wish to join clubs or do anything constructive. They sneer at anyone who shows enthusiasm for anything and would rather destroy things and hurt peoples’ feelings. There is a lack of respect for anyone and everything. I do not know why this is but it seems to be getting worse.

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I’m at a loss to understand it. I’m sorry you are having trouble too. We did quite a bit of work with young people with Nottingham Outlaws Rugby League but very rarely succeeded – often due to a lack of parental support.

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      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        I remember an article about a coach running trials for a national youth team. His main criteria was whether both parents accompanied the candidate. Experience showed that these were generally the ones that made it.

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  3. jodierichelle

    If I were the parent of those little vandals I would want to know. That’s the kind of thing that needs to be addressed, and I’d have my kids there volunteering 3 days a week for a month to teach them respect. Perhaps you should find a way to be noisy about what happened and when.

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      It’s been reported to the school and police but there’s not much else we can do. We did some work with young offenders when we were on the farm but a good proportion of them refused to accept they’d done anything wrong.

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  4. Orvillewrong

    When we were children we got up to mischief, but if I had vandalised something deliberately and my father found out I would have been severely punished, maybe that’s the problem kids aren’t taught respect and discipline!

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  5. tootlepedal

    Depressing, very depressing. It is a sad reflection of how appallingly dull their lives must be if this is the most fun thing they can find to do. We need a government that will promise innocent fun for all. I would vote for them.

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      There are a youth club and two sports fields within walking distance, and those are just the things I can think of. There’s also a rugby club and five-a-side pitches. Unfortunately there’s nobody to provide the leadership they need to use all these facilities.

      There’s also a river. I used to live near a river and spent days fishing, skimming stones, playing Pooh sticks and watching wildlife. Life was simpler then.

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