UK youth – living outside the boundaries of civilised society

Editor’s Note:  This article  was written two years ago.  The recent riots in England point to underlying social problems.

  The findings of this study could mirror similar problems encountered in many countries and especially those with  large cities. These are really frightening social issues in an age of instantaneous communications, that if not being properly addressed, could unravel the fabric of society.

Feral youths: How a generation of violent, illiterate young men are living outside the boundaries of civilised society

Last updated  on 19th September 2009

In January 2009, Gordon Brown called for a ‘national crusade’ to break down class barriers; he was even contemplating making it illegal to discriminate on the grounds of class.
The first time I saw Tuggy Tug, he was standing on a street corner in Brixton with half-a-dozen other 15-year- old boys. They were scowling at anyone who walked past
Every now and then, they shrugged up their hoodies to make themselves look more threatening. ‘Everyone who bumps into us says sorry,’ boasted Tuggy Tug.
His tracksuit was so big that he seemed lost inside it. Under his black hoodie, he wore a red one – in case he needed a quick change of identity.  

He was, he admitted, on the lookout for someone to mug. ‘I want no one recognising me after I done my business,’ he explained.
At 15, Tuggy Tug is still officially a child – but he is already dangerously disconnected from society and its values. What forces have put boys like him in charge of our streets?
And how are we to deal with them?

Here is the whole report:  Feral youths IN UK

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