Following anti-social behaviour by groups of teenagers in Carrickfergus and Larne, Roy Beggs MLA has called on parents & guardians to take greater responsibility for their young people.
Roy Beggs MLA said, “Underage drinking and anti-social activity often leads to mis-use of drugs. Young people damaging property or being abusive to Police Officers could lead to a criminal record which could seriously restrict young persons future travel and adversely effect employment opportunities.
It is often said that it takes a “village to raise a child”. Parents play a critical role in setting standards and boundaries for their child’s behaviour. Help is available to parents who my be struggling. It is important that help is sought if help is needed.
Schools play a role and so too can the local community by the standards that they deem unacceptable. The police cannot solve this problem on their own and need the local community to work together with the police to prevent this anti-social and risky behaviour.”