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The attitude and mindset of our youths today, especially the teenagers, are appalling and sympathetic as their behaviors are more than what meets the ordinary eyes.
It makes things more complicated and challenging when the home and parent who are expected to be the first to instill discipline fail to do so. Then it comes to the schools which are the secondary institutions charged with the responsibility of shaping the future pathways of the children.
Interactions with kids from different background in a formal learning environment bears a great deal on the student’s moral and behavioral position and to name a few, we will start with what transpired at the last annual Inter-Secondary Schools sports meet held at the National Stadium in Freetown which was marred with violence involving more of teenagers.
The famous police raid out against students of the Njala University whilst engaging in students’ cultism are all pointers of a blurred and cloudy future that awaits our youths. Often time and again, the timely interventions of the police force have helped to repeal students’ robbery spree with canes and tear gas to control their riotous conduct.
It is very unfortunate for us to know that the actions of these students were due to excess consumption of alcohol and other narcotics drugs like marijuana aka jamba, and cocaine, which are mainly used by irate youths (don’t ask me how they get it…), which resulted in intoxications and apparent misbehavior which to them makes them feel belonged and ascertains them eligibility to be accepted in one of their so called clan, gangs, cliques, cults or whatever. We also know that the police are watching and strategizing to eradicate or minimize the seemingly increase in armed-robberies and prostitutes doing the rounds in the Freetown’s municipality, which are perpetrated mostly by youths.
The stark conditions of the financial world have provided safe haven for these social misdemeanors to flourish.
There is this mad increase in armed robbery, racketeering and other nefarious activities. So was the action of the One-blood gang that unleashed undue mayhem, causing bodily harm to many residents at the Brookfield’s and St. John environs in the early hours of the night of 11th May.
Teenage girls, at ungodly hours of the night are seen hanging out in the streets of Freetown and its environs, in dark corners and dark alleys searching for clients to do their flesh trade while the teenage boys act in the capacity as pimps, bodyguards, (bouncers) to protect them. The question on the lips of many is a clarion call to all stakeholders to take an active role in ensuring decent societal values in the mindset of our youths and succeeding future leaders.
By E. Awotelli-Cole
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