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Trouble-making KLB students

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Soob   Sep 12th 2015 11:54

Just wondering, has anyone else had any grief from a group of KLB boys? There were 4 or 5 of them, varying heights and hair colours... er, can't really describe more than that (I'm really really sorry to be racist, but most white people look the same to me).

I was walking back to Wotton yesterday (Friday 11 Sept, around 3pm) on the side of the pavement nearest the road, and the boys were on the other side of the hedge, walking in the same direction. They started throwing sticks at me, completely unprovoked - one caught the back of my head - no injury, but still jolly rude. I made the mistake of throwing the stick back at them - they stopped attacking me but began targeting two KLB girls walking in front of me. The boys were shouting "you want some?" and chucking almost-branches at them, it was horrific. I tried to tell them off but of course, they just laughed and carried on.

The girls told me those boys hadn't targeted them before, but they're in the same year and are "really annoying". Understatementmuch! From that I'm guessing they're not in y7, and the boys are probably known to their teacher as troublemakers. I stupidly didn't think to ask the girls for the boys' names or their teacher's name, and I didn't have my camera on me so I didn't get a film of them in the act.

Now, I can't really report the boys to their headteacher with such a silly vague description - I just want to say, please watch out for kids behaving like scumbags, film any troublemakers if you can (if they cross a line), and please report them to their school. I'm actually leaving Wotton today, so this isn't really my concern any more, but scummy boys grow up into scummy men if they continue unchecked.

Thanks all, and thanks for being the village that raises good children too - most of the KLB kids are fine, it's just a small minority that have problems with behaviour. I'm sorry, but I don't care if they're poor or mentally retarded or anything else - anyone can be taught to be a decent person.

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InsaneGiraffe   Sep 13th 2015 15:42

Hi Soob and welcome to the forum.

That does sound really annoying. However, it doesn't really surprise me. Teenage boys are boisterous by nature. I actually think this is really typical behaviour. I agree that anyone can learn to be decent person, but I think that being an annoying teenager is actually part of that journey towards being a decent person. It's worth remembering that teenagers are not yet fully formed people. They are people in progress.

As annoying and uncalled-for as it was, it's actually nothing compared to the kind of stuff that used to go on when I was that age.

I hate to say it, but actually think the best course of action is just to try to avoid them. I know you shouldn't have to, but I don't think you stand much chance of changing their behaviour.

They won't be able to keep being that annoying for their whole life. Trust me, sooner or later they will do it to the wrong person. If you think you are big enough and strong enough to stand up to them, by all means get right in their face and freak out to scare the s*** out of them. But if you're not, just stay away from them. One day, sooner or later, someone big enough will do it for you, and they might eventually become a better person because of it.

In the meantime, it might be worth rethinking the "I don't care if they're poor or mentally retarded" line. I don't think that serves any purpose and just makes you look bad.

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Soob   Sep 20th 2015 09:21

Hi InsaneGiraffe, sorry I didn't reply sooner - in truth, I felt too angry and didn't trust myself to respond appropriately to your kindness and sympathy. You're right, I went too far with that comment and I regret it. I'll just say thank you for your advice and leave it at that.

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InsaneGiraffe   Sep 20th 2015 20:05

Fair enough.

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