Young protesters merit praise for taking stand
Chris Carter TWO OF our stories this week debunk the myth that most young people are lazy good for nothings who sit indoors playing computer games. The protest by the members of Hainault Youth Centre over the threat to their much-loved club (see page 5) is an excellen
TWO OF our stories this week debunk the myth that most young people are lazy good for nothings who sit indoors playing computer games.
The protest by the members of Hainault Youth Centre over the threat to their much-loved club (see page 5) is an excellent example of teenagers taking the initiative.
They seem to understand the reservations older people have about them hanging around the streets and have thrown themselves into the centre's activities.
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"If they shut the youth club we will have nothing else to do," says Shanice Spiers, along with a warning the members would be on the streets "causing mayhem" if they didn't attend the centre.
The second story highlights a protest by children at Fairlop Primary against parents parking selfishly outside their school, putting lives in danger (see page 9).
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It is interesting that for years staff and the authorities have been battling to crack down on these selfish people, but it seems the pupils touched a nerve.
Assistant head Deborah Waters reported parents applauding the children and neighbours coming out of their houses to praise the action.
As if we didn't know, most young people do have a social conscience and we can be proud of them. It's just a shame the minority so often let the side down.