“Heads in the sand”

ONE News 4 April 2011

….Family First NZ has responded to recent crime figures, by saying that the level of criminal assaults being committed by primary school students is no surprise. It says statistics will just get worse, “especially when schools are pressured to accept and accommodate increasingly defiant and unacceptable behaviour by children.” “We have tried to bury our heads in the sand on this growing problem, but the problem hasn’t gone away and is only worsening,” said Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. However the issues don’t just lie in schools, he said. “Ministry of Justice statistics released last year showed that from 1998-2008, the number of police apprehensions for grievous/serious assaults by 10-13 year olds increased by more than 70%. “For each of the most recent two years, there had been almost 1,000 apprehensions for 10-13 year olds for all violent offences, which include aggravated robbery, sexual violation, indecent assault, and serious assaults – an increase of a third since 1998.” He said alarm bells should be ringing and that there are many factors that may be contributing to the statistics, “including the levels of violence in the media and games, the undermining of parental and school authority, the ‘rights’ culture being fed to young people, and family breakdown and fatherlessness.”
http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/key-responds-bullying-claim-4097987 (halfway through story)