Recently a group of 6 teenagers attacked and stoned a swan to death and this assault had left Victorians stupefied because of the disbelief that people this young could do such a thing.
A swan or any other animal are generally harmless, but will only act aggressively and defensively only when it senses danger for itself or for its young. I still find it unbelievable and always speechless whenever I think about this incident. Stoning is an extremely cruel and vulgar way to torture someone or even an animal and if people this young can harbour such thoughts it is extremely mindboggling. There are just no words to describe this. As a young person, I am ashamed to know that these things are happening in our reputable society.
It is difficult to be certain about the motivation behind this attack – but only those 6 teenagers know. I do not now what triggers such action; but there are numerous possibilities we could explore and discuss. Sometimes a person’s behaviour can be influenced by their domestic environment, peer pressure or drug/alcohol influence. For those who are influenced by peer pressure to do things that betray their conscience, they fear their ‘friends’ will look down on them. Peer pressure is not something that is unavoidable, or something young people should be terrified about. Sometimes people who fall under peer pressure because they are unable to say no or to stand up for themselves. The logic is simple, the more you submit to peer pressure, the harder it is to say no. If people laugh at you for being yourself and expressing individuality – then here is the answer; they are not your friends and secondly, they are unable to appreciate real character.
Unfortunately not the first time something like this has happened – and we are hearing more news about youth-related crimes. Some have motivation while some do it because they are bored and want emotional satisfaction. I regret to say that some young people are going out of control and we really need to scrutinise about dealing with such cases. I really stress that family teaching and upbringing is extremely important and parents should not, even for one moment, let this responsibility slip away.
I remember teenage years are often described and thought to be the age of innocence. A child is in the process of learning where the mind is always probing with inquisitive thoughts and the desire to explore something. Yes some teenagers can be led astray by negative influences and thus it is very essential we teach and explain to them what is right and what is wrong. Furthermore, in our teenage years these are the years we have to distinguish and draw a line between doing what is right and not to do anything sinful and wrong.
Even at a young age, if you commit a crime it can affect the outcome of your life and how people will view you. Some people are unable to see this but when you are charged with a criminal offence or feel remorseful after your action, it is too late to turn back to change everything no matter how hard you wish.
I strongly believe that one’s life is to do something meaningful. If you want to be a high achiever and accomplish something fulfilling, you will need to stay focused and have a strong mind. A person who accomplishes and succeeds is because s/he has an aim and from a young age, they begin to plan and act according to their plan. Mostly importantly, s/he is not afraid of what other people will say or think.
Success does not appear magically and most certainly does not happen in an instant. Being a teenager is no excuse for you to do something wrong; because teenagers are also members of this society and as a member, it is your responsibility to fulfil your role and to contribute something positive and beneficial rather than causing distress.