I wrote this article after having heard about the anti-social behaviour that had been surrounding Surrey in the build up to Halloween. It really made me think of where society is going - for every teenager who wants to get the best out of life, there are those teens who are set on doing the complete opposite. It is a massive concern for Surrey and as there has been a lot of press recently in local newspapers surrounding anti-social behaviour, I found it appropriate to write about my article for the local guardian on this subject.
Screaming abuse in the streets, egging houses at night, accusing the poor sales assistant in Sainsbury’s of harassing them when they were simply asking if they needed any help – there are some teenagers in Surrey who haven’t grasped the concept of normal behaviour. Despite it being Halloween tonight, I decided to stay in and watch X Factor with my family, during which there was an audible smash as an egg exploded on my living room window. My screaming down the street and chasing after the yobs was entirely ineffective, and before I had time to grab my car keys, the hooded boys had sped off round the corner. This is a prime example of what is wrong with some members of Surrey’s youth.
It’s hard to figure out who to blame; the parents, the school system? Or is it possible that if a child decides they want to behave inappropriately, they simply will. Sam, aged 18, described the moment when he realised his car had been keyed in the middle of the night, ‘I woke up the next day to find a deep key mark from the middle of the windscreen, down through the paintwork. The cost to fix it is more than I can afford, and why I was targeted I’ll never know.’ The Surrey Police website has claimed that ‘extra police patrols over the Halloween weekend will be out again during Bonfire Night as Surrey Police and partners continue to tackle reports of anti-social behaviour.’ The fact that there are more police on the streets is clearly not a threatening enough concept for some teens, and is evidently having a minimal effect. Some of Surrey’s teens have used Halloween and other recent seasonal holidays as prime opportunities to be as disruptive as possible. Spelthorne and Elmbridge could be at great risk if this behaviour becomes more regular due to the number of schools and residential locations in the local area.
The more youths behave in this way over the build up to Christmas, the larger the influence on other teens will be, as they will begin to believe such anti-social behaviour to be acceptable and take situations too far. This clearly has to stop, before foul play becomes more than just a teenager’s game.