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Cameron blames poor parenting for teens’ violence

"There are pockets of our society that are not only broken, but frankly, sick," Cameron said.



London: Prime Minister David Cameron, under
pressure to contain one of the worst riots in Britain, today
lamented that pockets of the society has not only broken down
but also "sick" and blamed "poor parenting" for the violent
behaviour of the teenagers.

"There are pockets of our society that are not only
broken, but frankly, sick," Cameron said after chairing the
government`s emergency response committee, which took stock of
raging violence in London and other English cities since
Saturday.

Cameron, who had to cut short his summer holidays in
Italy following the riots, also said there was a "moral
problem" and pointed the finger at poor parenting - this was
"a problem for society".

"When we see children as young as 12 and 13 looting and
laughing, when we see the disgusting sight of an injured young
man with people pretending to help him while they are robbing
him, it is clear there are things that are badly wrong in our
society.

"It is all too clear that we have a big problem with
gangs in our country. For too long there`s been a lack of
focus on the complete lack of respect shown by these groups of
thugs," he said.

Cameron noted that the root cause of this mindless
selfishness is the same thing that he had spoken about for
years.

"It is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of
our society. People allowed to feel that the world owes them
something, that their rights outweigh their responsibilities
and that their actions do not have consequences. Well, they do
have consequences.

"We need to have a clearer code of values and
standards that we expect people to live by and stronger
penalties if they cross the line. Restoring a stronger sense
of responsibility across our society, in every town, in every
street, in every estate is something I`m determined to do," he
added.

PTI

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