I was interested, but alas not surprised, to read a story on news.com.au this week about a particular suburb in Western Sydney. The story made headlines because one weekend police had set about rounding up all the roaming kids one Saturday night and subsequently sent no less than 55 young teenagers home to their parents.
What was most alarming for the police was the fact that most of the teens’ parents had no idea where they were – believing them to be somewhere else. Some of the kids were found to be consuming alcohol, and a few using drugs. The police rightly despair for these kids, and what other trouble they may find themselves in. They are also rightly annoyed with the parents, for not taking more responsibility for their sons and/or daughters.
Trust me, you don’t need to look far to find similar behaviour going on, and it’s not contained to the Western suburbs of Sydney. The nice Eastern suburbs of Melbourne will do just fine. We have ourselves been the recipient of four female guests (aged just 14 years old) at 3am one morning – they had been out all night roaming the streets of Melbourne, and their parents were completely unaware. And I know for a fact that several of them have repeated this behaviour. I’ve also attended a teenage girls party where the parents were letting anyone in, along with their alcohol and cigarettes (and god knows what else) – and the parents are supposed to be the responsible ones! Don’t worry I quickly turned into the door bitch and promptly turned the undesirables away.
I have to say I agree with the Sydney police – it’s time parents had a reality check and took more responsibility for their children, ensuring they are safe from harm. As my readers know, we’ve had our share of trouble, but that’s with us being the “world’s strictest parents” and always checking up on our men-children. Imagine what they’d get up to if we didn’t check on them?
Apparently “Operation Enough” is set to be rolled out across NSW. Maybe I should lead the charge for Victoria – I know a leafy suburb they could start in!!!
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