Sharing Perks and Pleasures
They do that in London too? Last week in Montreal they had the annual march against police brutality, where they break windows, loot businesses and then bitch at the cops because they are arrested.
you know when I was at Western University, we definitely had some rowdy nights. but we never resorted to anything like this. I've been to street parties on Fleming and true, they were no doubt a public nuisance...but never anything like this. Kids just use any old excuse to run amuck now. No sense of community or anything remote to respect for others; let alone authority.and seriously, breaking down a fence and throwing wood at cop cars? burning vehicles? what exactly are you trying to prove? Any message you may have had is lost in your senseless violence against those you would wish to hear you.and seriously....your damn lucky my husband is the cop in the family. Throw something at me, or burn my cruiser.... I'd have probably shot you on sight.
As far as I've heard, there were no University Students involved - just the college kids and some teens from the neighbouring high schools.The police say they had extra officers on duty for St. Patrick's Day patrolling around the university, the bars along Richmond Row, and the college. Only the college area saw any trouble. Some say it happened because the Fleming area is a student ghetto, but there's areas around the university that are high-density student rentals as well, and they don't have similar problems there.It sure doesn't reflect well on Fanshawe College students.
I suppose every country has hooligans. Too bad. Looks like some of those kids need their fannies tanned.
I really don't get the fun in destroying things. Never did.
I was in Lennoxville, Qc. (a small town about the size of Durham (2500), where Kara and I grew up) on Saturday. I was visiting my daughter who attends C.E.G.E.P.(college) there. Lennoxville is also the home of Bishop's University, a notorious party school. It was about 2:00 in the afternoon and there was a side street filled with about 1000 kids celebrating everything Irish, there was a police presence but all seemed under control. The only difference between London and Lennox was that there were no little criminals there to stir up the masses. I'm sure that most woke up Sunday not feeling their best but at least the town was intact. A crowd mentality and the anonimity that goes with it can be so destructive. I hope the London police have a zero tolerance policy set in place for next year!
So, it's not just in the United States.Gives me no joy to write that.:-(
I heard about this here in Australia and it's incidents like this and the riots in Vancouver over losing the Stanley Cup that made me ashamed to admit I'm Canadian. Most of the time I'm very proud of my Canadian roots, but not when things like this happen. They're not even making a stand about something, it is just hooliganism.
Incredibly bad behaviour discrediting their parents, I must say. What a shame! We saw students partying in groups and walking up and down Richmond on Saturday mid-day, and I was expecting that there would be trouble in that area in the evening, but what happened near Fanshawe was awful. With all the videos, more young people will end up in jail or kicked out of school for this.
I seriously cannot understand behavior like this. If there has been some great injustice I can understand people getting upset. It still wouldn't excuse those kind of actions but at least I would understand somewhat. But after a team wins or at a festival, it just makes no sense to me.
I agree. I was once young and stupid, so I can understand the drunken street party. I even can understand the bonfire. But it's the assault against the police and fire fighters that blows my mind.
I don't even know what to say. It just makes me sad.
I heard about that from a friend. Terribly terribly sad. No riots next year, hey?
We love you Canadians anyway. ;) Senseless anger, violence, lack of respect for the rights of others - these are what must be eliminated for everyone's sake.