Like most 'older' people, I often read the news and wonder if the world has gone mad. The latest story of violence in the UK has to take the biscuit though. On Saturday, two small children in Edlington, South Yorkshire, aged 10 and 11 apparently attacked another two boys, aged 9 and 11 with a knife and bricks.
One boy, the 9 year old was found walking around the town in a dazed state having been beaten with the bricks and stabbed. He was immediately rushed to hospital after telling police where his friend was. The 11 year old was found unconscious at the bottom of a ravine with severe head injuries. He was airlifted to hospital where his condition was described as critical but stable.
So what will happen to the two children that did this? Social services will get involved and write numerous reports on them and their families. The blame will be transferred to their parents, maybe even their teachers but will anything really happen to them? We can all remember what happened to poor Jamie Bulger in 1993. Maybe people need to be held to account for the actions of their tearaway children.