could mean for youth crime rates
Auckland’s young people haven’t established the best reputation in recent months.
Since the start of the year, media coverage has shown them plowing cars through shopping centres, smashing open shops with hammers, forcing shop owners to sleep in their stores and leading police on wild and dangerous chases across the city.
It’s prompted youth workers to brand the city’s young people as “out of control” – Tāmaki worker Chris Makoare said back in April that poorly-supported parents resulted in their children getting into trouble.
Now, there are concerns that growing truancy could be contributing to a crime wave, with the number of students missing class doubling over nine months.
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