Seeing some of the things that young people do horrifies me, shocks me, frustrates me, angers me.
Yet seeing some of the things that other young people do inspires me, motivates me, puts a smile on my face and brings joy to my heart.
There is a balance of the good and bad shown by young people, but this balance is often outweighed by the negative, which is extremely unfair. We need to do what we can to change the perception of young people.
This week, I was shocked and disgusted when I saw the headline about a teenager caught on CCTV punching an 87-year-old woman in the face on a bus. I was then disappointed and slightly taken aback by the story of two teenage girls ripping down a poppy display, just hours before Remembrance Day.
The blatant lack of respect and disregard shown by these teenagers is astounding and infuriating to a young person like myself, who wants young people to be seen in the best possible light. However, news stories like this, alongside all of the reported stabbings, violent crimes and other acts of antisocial behaviour make it difficult to change the perceptions of young people.
Lack of respect among young people is a major concern, shown by the worrying level of disrespect they have their elders, their peers and ultimately for themselves. In fact, it seems to get…
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