Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Root causes of crime

"A recent murder encapsulated the difficulties. After a 17-year-old was beaten up, his mother gave him a gun and told him to get revenge, and he killed the boy he fought with.

"When police went to his home to investigate, they found the mother with cocaine and a family photo on display of the son with a gun in one hand and a fistful of cash in the other.

"'For us to correct this, we have to look at the root of the problem. The root of the problem is our education system,' Police Superintendent Warren Riley said in an interview."

No doubt the schools have a lot to answer for, but this judgment by Supt. Riley seems unjustified to me. This incident would seem to be a clear case of inappropriate parenting.


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