I worked as a teacher for almost 30 years and, yes, I've met some horrendous kids - they are almost always egged on by even more horrendous parents.
Several years ago, I estimated that the number of students I'd taught was well over 10,000.
I can honestly say that within this, there have only been a very small number of out-and-out wrong doers.
The vast amount are pleasant, kind kids, seeking to do the right thing for themselves and others.
I totally agree Naninka. I am another ex secondary teacher here and until I retired three years ago, taught in inner city schools in Birmingham and Manchester. I did meet a few “challenging” children over the years and there were incidents of poor behaviour, fights, threats etc but the majority of my classes were full of lively, cheeky children. Sometimes their home circumstances or previous experiences prevented them from coping with school life and these children needed a lot of support to be able to settle down enough to learn.
I have never felt frightened nor been physically threatened but I did hear lots of bad language and bravado from large groups. I really feel there are more good children than bad ones and that it’s wrong to assume that all teenagers are “ bad” . I think we forget how teenagers behave as we get older but I bet some of the people here being very negative about youngsters did things their grandparents disapproved of. Like wearing short skirts, listening to rowdy music, staying out late, lying to parents about where you were going, messing around on street corners with friends etc etc. I know I did!
Yes, there are gangs causing problems in some areas but not all the time and not everywhere. Once you get to know teenagers as individuals away from their mates, they are usually a pleasure to be with.