Sign of crimes clears kids

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Beresford grandmother Janie Ronan has gone in swinging for kids.

In an interview with the Geraldton Guardian, the retired health worker used the words of a sign on a seafood restaurant in Philadelphia to make her point: get off the backs of kids, don’t blame them for the crime.

She echoed the words of Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service chairman Sandy Davies, who told the recent crime forum in Geraldton that adults rather than children were responsible for the majority of crime in the city.

The author of the message in the United States — titled “Who is to Blame?” — is unknown.

But Mrs Ronan believes people should accept its message: We read it in the papers and hear it on the air, of killing and stealing and crime everywhere.

We sigh and we say as we notice the trend, This young generation … where will it end?

But can we be sure that it’s their fault alone?

Are we less guilty, who place in their way

Too many things that lead them astray?

Too much money, too much idle time,

Too many movies of passion and crime.

Too many books not fit to be read,

Too much evil in what they hear said.

Too many children encouraged to roam.

Too many parents, who won’t stay home.

Kids don’t make the movies, they don’t write the books.

They don’t paint the pictures of gangsters and crooks.

They don’t make liquor, they don’t run the bars,

They don’t change the laws and they don’t make the cars.

They don’t peddle the drugs that muddle the brain,

That’s all done by older folks … eager for gain.

Delinquent teenagers; oh how we condemn

The sins of the nation and blame it on them.

By the laws of the blameless, the Saviour made known.

Who is there amongst us to throw the first stone?

For in so many cases — it’s sad but it’s true —

The title ‘Delinquent’ fits older folks too!

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