There are some things I really don’t understand and one of these is as follows: why do people my own age, or one or two years older, abuse others (physically, sexually, whatever)? Last Tuesday in the Dutch village of Venlo a 22-year-old boy had been assaulted by two 18-year-old guys so heavily that he died in
hospital. And that’s not the first time and I’m afraid it won’t be the last too that someone has been assaulted for no reason (if there’s any reason to maltreat someone anyways) by teenagers. Maybe you’ve heard about that German 19-year-old guy coming to his school and shooting around so that 14
teachers and 3 students died. That’s so sickening horrible! And then thinking of that those people are only a few years older then myself! I even heard (but that’s
already a fww years ago) of a 14-year-old girl who abused little kids sexually. And we’re all against violence, aren’t we? If we don’t want that violence,
why is it still happening?
I may be stupid asking this, because you’ll probably say: not everyone appears to be against violence, some people are maybe still thinking that assaulting,
shooting and that things is the right way to solve problems.
If I were really idealistic I would ask: is there really no way to settle this? But, to be realistic, I begin more and more thinking no. We’re teaching everyone that violence is bad, that you solve problems by talking instead of on violence, but there are still – so it may prove – so many people who seem
to don’t understand this.
Looking at this last incident we can talk about the parents: the parents of the main offender didn’t watch on their child and even approved what he did at first. (Later they declared that they had been wrong saying that and they found it also wrong.) But what can we do? Take those parents to a
re-education course? I’m sceptic, and furthermore that teens then have already assaulted or even killed someone.
Another thing what people point out is the background of those wrongdoers. For example they said about this person that he was a Moroccan. But that’s something which I’ve written a long entry about a few days ago and I really dislike that, although it’s true that these parents referred on Allah to point out that
their son was doing good and it’s a fact that they were very un-integrated, but okay, first I think looking at a whole ethnic group because someone who’s in that group is criminal is really wrong, and second what do we do about autochtonous criminals? (Sorry for all that allochtonous related
The Netherlands now with our current government integration of foreigners/allochtonous people is a hot topic.) Okay, you can simply say: teach EVERYONE from young age on about violence and that that’s wrong and how to settle problems in a right way. But aren’t we (current teens) already flooded
with all that education? So what do we do?
Okay, heavier punishment for young criminals and recidivists, as our government wants? But it’s a fact that the jail is a very good place to learn real criminal activities. Byt his I’m talking about for example thieves and that smaller criminals. I think long imprisonments aren’t the right way as well.
Comes up the question: if all those things aren’t the right solution, what IS the right solution? Sometimes I really think that there isn’t a solution for this problem. But I stay hopeful (however it may be very idealistic as I said) that there once will be a solution that works for those young criminals.