Rioting Teenagers ‘Were Bored in Long Summer Holiday’

Tim Ross, Telegraph (London), August 29, 2011

The first detailed survey of young people’s reaction to the disorder found one in five 12 to 18-year-olds were “angry” and “disappointed” by the scenes of violence in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

One in three blamed youths who were bored in the summer holidays, while almost half said they thought the rioters and looters had been emboldened by the belief that they would not be caught and punished.

The poll of 1,000 teenagers, commissioned by the inner city cricket scheme, StreetChance, also disclosed the levels of under age drinking and drug use, with 19% of those aged 12 to 14 admitting that they drank alcohol.

The same proportion of under-18s said their peers took drugs, while this rose to almost one third among 17 and 18-year-olds.

The poll was commissioned to coincide with the national launch of StreetChance, a scheme backed by police and the charity, the Cricket Foundation, which targets potentially disaffected youths in inner city areas to improve relations between different groups.

Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Cricket Foundation, said it was “no surprise” that boredom leads to bad behaviour.

“The survey clearly shows that young people in cities are crying out for positive activities during the long summer holidays,” he said. “Children need an outlet to channel their energies and a structured competitive environment like street cricket can help provide this.”

The poll of 1,000 people aged between 12 and 18 found almost a third (31%) of those in London said the riots occurred because young people get bored during their break.

About 46% of those polled said they thought the riots and looting took place because young people do not respect police, while 43% said they believed people joined in because they thought they would not get caught.

The StreetChance scheme, which began in London but will soon be launched across the country, is supported by Barclays Spaces for Sports.

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  • Question Diversity

    The first detailed survey of young people’s reaction to the disorder found one in five 12 to 18-year-olds were “angry” and “disappointed” by the scenes of violence in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

    So four in five were happy with the rioting?

    One in three blamed youths who were bored in the summer holidays…

    There’s a cracker jack good idea — Let’s use a survey of teenagers where only one in five could describe rioting in terms of negative emotions to come up with an official explanation that all the rioters were “bored.” Thankfully, only a third of these survey respondents thought that, so maybe they’re not all superficial twits.

    Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Cricket Foundation, said it was “no surprise” that boredom leads to bad behaviour.

    I’ve been bored at times, but I have this bad habit of assuaging my boredom with behavior that is not illegal or blatantly immoral, even if it’s not productive.

    “The survey clearly shows that young people in cities are crying out for positive activities during the long summer holidays,” he said. “Children need an outlet to channel their energies and a structured competitive environment like street cricket can help provide this.”

    The StreetChance scheme, which began in London but will soon be launched across the country, is supported by Barclays Spaces for Sports.

    I doubt it was an open ended survey. This survey probably gave you several choices to each question, each choice loaded with political correctness, and of course, there was no outlet to vent racial frustration (except if you’re opposed to “white racism.”) It’s the Overton Window at work again.

    As the former juvenile probation officer that posts here at AR sometimes — Those kinds of things will have the opposite of the intended effect.

  • sbuffalonative

    In the US, it was midnight basketball.

    They tried that in Buffalo but a teen ended up shooting an older male over some incident.

    No one in Buffalo talks about midnight basketball anymore as a solution to black pathological behavior.

  • Californian

    Interesting.

    I thought the riots were a response to police brutality. Now it seems they are part of the anomie of modern urban life. Also, if the rioters were emboldened by the belief they would not be caught, does that mean a hard police response would have prevented the mayhem from exploding? Yet the British were afraid to even use water cannon.

    One more example of the Decline of Civilization!

  • SunnyvaleSal

    So I take it evil Whites are preventing these fine young people from organizing their own cricket teams. Apparently they are prevented from reading or even watching TV also. They have nothing to do but riot. White depravity is truly fathomless.

  • rockman

    Deport them and they wont be so bored looking for food in the old Sod.

  • Sylvie

    The old boredom arguement again. Here’s an idea, in future when these ‘youths’ get bored again, instead of setting someone’s car on fire, play a game of scrabble or do something ‘useful’ for maybe the first time in your life!

    Only stupid people get bored; there’s a lot to do in life.

  • Anonymous

    Street Cricket and Midnite Basketball are like putting a band-aid on a broken leg. It looks like you are doing something, anything.

    Waving a white flag would be more apropos.

  • Reformed

    In the 1950s the UK saw all the race tension in America and brought it on itself. As major cities in the 1960s and 1970s went up in flames due to black rioting, the UK sought to bring in even more non-whites.

    Now just you tell me, what is the difference between street cricket in Britain and midnight basketball in America?

  • John Engelman

    Once a woman called me on the telephone, and asked me to contribute to a charity that gave inner city youths alternatives to getting into trouble.

    I thanked her for her call. Then I explained that when I was a teenager no charity needed to bribe me to stay out of trouble, and politely declined to contribute.

  • Epiales

    This reminds me of calls for midnight basketball and extended hours for recreation centers.

  • Blaak Obongo

    When I was a teenager, I can’t count the number of times I was bored–especially in school. But for some odd reason, it never occurred to me to run amok, burning, smashing, beating and rioting.

    Children need an outlet to channel their energies and a structured competitive environment like street cricket can help provide this.”

    “Children,” he says. Please stand aside while I vomit.

  • Anonymous

    They were BORED?

    “The survey clearly shows that young people in cities are crying out for positive activities during the long summer holidays,”

    Here’s an idea, give them some WORK to do, even if it’s “making little uns out of big uns” as the saying goes concerning rocks. Be sure to have a couple of “counselors” standing by (with whips) to ensure civility between the workers, and that they actually DO something, so they don’t get “bored”.

  • Boondoggler

    Since the achievement gap is not closing, who is going to ‘teach’ street cricket to kids who would rather beat an old white guy to death, and try to burn down a town?

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t cricket a “racist” sport? It must be — it was invented by whites.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a cure – Dickensian workhouses. Make them sew tennis shoes for 20 hours a day. If we’re going to import Asians, let’s set them to doing what they would be doing back home anyway. Maybe they’ll get the idea to go back home.

  • Alexandra

    Over 20 years ago, when I was a teenager, if I got bored I played my flute, played Nintendo, or read a book. I think the worst I did was play hide-and-seek at the mall with cousins.

    Never occurred to me to break stuff.

  • John Engelman

    When I got bored during the summer vacation I would check out books at the library to read. Sometimes I would go on long bicycle trips, or take my dog on ten mile hikes. Somehow the thought of looting and rioting never occurred to me.

  • Juvenile Court Judge

    Juvenile crime goes way, down during the summer. By the middle of June the intake divisions have nothing to do. My calendar is three quarters empty by the middle of July. Even those already heavily into crime seem to stop during the summer.

    About 2 weeks after school begins they start again. Intake is busy all day. My calendar is full from the middle of September to the middle of June.

    Teens seem to commit their crimes in packs. They meet up with their packmates in school, playgrounds and in all these so called diversion activities liberals provide for them.

    The young ones, 10 to 13, always, always seem to start out in packs. The young ones don’t even shoplift or mess up a schoolroom alone. They always need someone to support them.

    Of course I am only familiar with black and hispanic kids.

    The best delinquency prevention is a computer porn included of course and a 500 channel big screen TV in their homes. If we can find a way to keep them at home in their lairs Juvenile crime would stop.

  • Anonymous

    Bread and Circuses; that is their solution?

  • Anonymous

    Have you ever heard this old joke?

    Q. How do you stop a horde of rampaging blacks from looting then torching a Footlocker shoe store?

    A. Throw them a cricket wicket.

  • Sylvie

    Yes, I’m sure that these ‘youths’ would much rather play a game of cricket than loot a store!

  • Anonymous

    The youths are bored? Let’s send them to summer camp run in the style of a North Korean POW camp. Hey bruthas, Colonel Kim be waitin’ fo y’all!!

  • Anonymous

    It takes a village to raise a child.

    And it only takes a child to raze a village.

  • Anonymous

    So the “immigrant youth” are bored. Let me suggest a Chain Gang for them to be put on, to clean the streets that they dirty, and scrub the graffiti from every wall that they mark as their own.

    Or, we could just send them back to the paradises that they came from.

    The second suggestion sounds even better to me.