Quoting Kimber-lily:" I think the young offenders act is BS. "
I agree! Some of the kids in this town get away with tons of crap thanks to it.
When I was a kid, we respected everyone older than us, even if it was by a few years, because they were older and that's just what you did, treated them with respect.
By the time I was in highschool, grade 1 kids at the elementary school that I cut through the playground of to walk home were calling all of us walking through "smurfers" and "smurf heads". The first kid (he was 5, in my cousin's class) to call me that, I promptly went right up to him and informed him that if I EVER heard him say anything again he would be dealing with me, the school and his parents. If that didn't fix it, then he would just be dealing with ME.
Never had another issue with any of them. Was he afraid? I hope so! And I also hope I taught him that not everyone was going to roll over and take it like his parents did. (he's one of 3 kids, and the only one that hasn't done time, his parents have quite the name around here)