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"I didnt know it was a memorial"

#1
http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/Cenotaph-slurs--graffiti-girl.5884206.jp

TEENAGE vandals plastered Halifax's war memorial with graffiti and racial slurs.
A 17-year-old girl, whose grandfather fought in the Second World War, claimed not to know what the cenotaph at Halifax Minster was before scrawling her name on it.

She was part of a group of teenagers who are said to have scribbled over the stonework with black permanent marker pens after drinking in Duffy's Park.

The teenager, from Mixenden, Halifax, handed herself in when she heard police were investigating a complaint from the Vicar of Halifax, Hilary Barber.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared alone at Calderdale Youth Court and admitted criminal damage.

In tears, she said: "I just thought it was a normal statue. I didn't have a clue it was a war memorial."

She said she felt stupid and ashamed when told.

Neil Makin, chairman of the bench, said: "This is one of the sort of things that give young people a bad name. Why should you deface any property, let alone a war memorial? It's not acceptable."

She was handed a three-month referral order and made to pay £50 towards the costs of cleaning up the graffiti – which cost £450 to remove.

Earlier this year a 16-year-old girl also admitted criminal damage over the same incident. She was given a six- month referral order and made to pay £50 compensation.

Another girl, 15, was acquitted of the offence after a trial in October.

Her name was scrawled on the monument, together with the word "Bored", which she said was her "tag."

She was also accused of writing racial slurs but claimed someone else had done it, and the case was thrown out.
Just how stupid are people in this country these days?

No doubt this 17 year old gained 53 A* GCSE grades. :roll:

Can we also avoid the bloody outrage bus.
 
#2
Well, apart from her obviously being a bit thick, for not realising that it was a War Memorial, I'll not board the Outrage Bus as she had the gonads to hand herself in and man up.

Doesn't excuse what she's done though.
 
#4
Rumpelstiltskin said:
Recce19 said:
I'll not board the Outrage Bus as she had the gonads to hand herself in and man up.
That said, she'd written her fcuking name on it...
Ah! missed that bit, but if it was just a 1st name there wouldn't be that much to go on. like I said no the brightest of sparks.
 
#5
Rumpelstiltskin said:
Recce19 said:
I'll not board the Outrage Bus as she had the gonads to hand herself in and man up.
That said, she'd written her fcuking name on it...
...then again if she lacked the foresight to see the stupidity of writing her name then it is safe to assume she also lacked hindsight.

I'm sure some who wander into this thread hoping for a joy ride on the outrage bus were hoping this would be about Mr. Laing.
 
#6
Why is there a sudden rush of people defiling war memorials? What with that student recently getting done, some 49 year old recently and I think there was a story in today's Mirror about another 17 year old pi$$ing on a memorial, and now this, has it always gone on and the press are more attuned to it now or what?
 
#8
Kids aren't taught history anymore in schools... just how bad and naughty England was to other nations.

They don't parade at teh cenotaph with the likes of the ACF/Scouts/BB/Guides either. Maybe the schools should enforce attendance on Rememberence Sunday.

The kids could get an A* in British Pride. Errr, there is no way that subject would be allowed is there :(
 
#12
chocolate_frog said:
Kids aren't taught history anymore in schools... just how bad and naughty England was to other nations.

They don't parade at teh cenotaph with the likes of the ACF/Scouts/BB/Guides either. Maybe the schools should enforce attendance on Rememberence Sunday.

The kids could get an A* in British Pride. Errr, there is no way that subject would be allowed is there :(
They are in our local school and a lot of children attended the Remembrance day service too. My eldest daughter's year (6 year olds) had a whole day learning about the men on our local memorial including a visit to the memorial across the road and did a dance/musical interpretation presentation on 'Remembrance' for the parents a couple of weeks later which I had the good luck to be able to attend.
Very moving actually, especially the bit at the end where all the children came around the audience and gave their poppies to their parents. I don't mind admitting to you that I was bloody choked up at that point. I'll be asking them to sack the cleaning ladies as everyone had dust in their eyes. :D
Don't write them all off just yet CF. I think the trick is to keep it up until they're adults. We'll see what Secondary school holds regarding that but I'll be asking why not if they don't teach the importance of remembrance in history lessons.
Teaching about WW2 is actually part of the National Curriculum.

And Halifax is just over the hill from where we are too.
 
#13
Id actually give this lass the benefit of the doubt in this case as she has admitted it and shown remorse from something she did when she was getting drunk. Ive seen most squaddies doing stupid things when pissed with other countries landmarks/Flags and monuments in the past 22 years to know that were not all as sweet and innocent as we hoped we were.


I for one will be tampering with the outrage bus on this occassion and give it a limited roll and have informed the JAMES team so no sneaking it out without a works ticket.
 
#16
jemadarjo said:
and the total contribution to the education and social awareness of these children by the arrse community is....
sweet 4 call.......
Actually some of us are making great efforts (locally at least) to redress that.
 

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