The Institute for Public Policy Research revealed in a report in 2007 that the British teens seem to be the worst-behaved in Europe. This study found out that 44 per cent of British teens had been involved in a fight in the previous year, while it was the case with only 28 per cent in Germany, 36 per cent in France and 38 per cent in Italy.
I had always heard about violence in London specifically but had no idea that teen violence was such a big issue in the UK. What made me dwell on this subject was a street fight I witnessed earlier on today.
Two boys were wrestling and everybody stood there like it was some kind of show. Some young girls were even giggling and filming the appaling scene. As one of the boys was being choked, only one woman stood out from the crowd and started shouting “Let him go! Let him go!” and even reprimanded the girls that were filming, saying “Don’t you have something better to do? You idiots!”
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Quentin Tarantino once said: “Violence is one of the most fun things to watch.” Judging by his films, it’s a pretty predictable statement. But I couldn’t disagree more. It is humiliating, scary and you can’t help but feel powerless in a situation like this.
In 2002, more than 877,700 young people (ages 10 to 24) in Britain were injured from violent acts, and approximately 1 in 13 required hospitalization. But when you read numbers like these in newspapers you don’t realize the seriousness of the issue; as Mao Zedong once said: “A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.”
The main British parties always vow to address the issue of teen crime, but I think the mentality of the people is the real issue here. How can watching violence be entertaining? Why would you want to film two people getting hurt and show it to your friends? Even more shockingly, how could you laugh at the situation?
To be honest, I can’t say I’m too surprised. More and more people get tickets to watch wrestling, which in my opinion shouldn’t even be considered a sport. Playing video games of which the aim is to chop one’s head off has become the norm. Maybe I’m too sensitive or easily startled, but in my view if things continue this way then it is no wonder that teen violence will continue rocketing.