After the conviction of a 15 year old thug for the murder of a 20 year old girl in a senseless attack in a park with his mates, the judge has made clear comments criticising the parents of those involved.
According to the BBC website the judge said
"They have just done it without thinking but they have seemed to have enjoyed it and carried on remorselessly kicking at two very defenceless people who were unable to protect themselves because of the level of violence inflicted upon them. "
"There was a total lack of parental control. "
"I am very critical of some of the parents involved. I really don't think they have taken completely seriously how repulsive this incident was."
He said that when Harris was initially interviewed about the assaults he was "laughing and joking" with his mother.
When I suggested a few days ago that people are correct to see a link between poor parenting and anti social behaviour in school, some people commented that it was a teacher making excuses. The problem is that what happens when they are outside of the home and outside of a school environment. With parents not teaching their children to be responsible for their actions, or in this case laughing with their kids as details of the sickening murder they have carried out are relayed to them, what does that say about the parenting skills of some in the country.
Personally, and queue the list of people accusing me of being illiberal, its about time some basic parenting classes were introduced. I await the howls of derision.