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Skateboarding on memorials – Crime or caper?

By bigfeet - 19 January 2009 76

Ninemsn is reporting that a group of local youths have been filmed using the Anzac Memorial as a skateboard ramp.

Apparantly the footage has been handed to the AFP. Should these miscreants immediately be drafted and shipped to Iraq.

[ED – Or, if it’s a bigger deal than kids climbing on tanks, should someone have gone out and just told them to bugger off?]

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Skateboarding on memorials – Crime or caper?
johnboy 5:18 pm 19 Jan 09

And the memorial in question is more of a wank to the greater glory of the NCA than any homage to actual diggers.

Considering the pictures in the AWM of our brave lads skylarking on the great pyramid I’m guessing given the chance they’d have done much the same.

New Yeah 5:04 pm 19 Jan 09

Of course the little skegs are going to be cheeky to the TV cameras when they try to get some footage. That’s what many young people do when fronted by an outgraged tabloid journo.

The skegs could be doing a hell of a lot worse to the memorials if they really wanted to be disrepectful. That they “didn’t care their skateboards were scratching the monument or that they were being recorded by a television news crew” does not necessarily mean that they have no respect for Aussie diggers either.

Pommy bastard 4:58 pm 19 Jan 09

Personally I think they deserve punishment.

A few weeks cleaning the homes of veterans should do it.

Also they need to get the fact, that they are only skateboarding in a free and open country due to the sacrifice of men and women past, hammered into them.

With a cricket bat if necessary.

peterh 4:55 pm 19 Jan 09

stray said :

i dont really understand what the big deal is. if anything, they’ll probably learn/absorb more and understand the true costs of war by visiting there everyday.
I mean its not the greatest place for kids to be skating, but its hardly the most disrespectful thing that has ever happened to war memorials…
i think its nice that we have places in canberra that youths are comfortable being in and enjoying…

/ducks

crap.

the only way they will understand the true costs of war is if we send them to a warzone as cannon fodder.

stray 4:52 pm 19 Jan 09

i dont really understand what the big deal is. if anything, they’ll probably learn/absorb more and understand the true costs of war by visiting there everyday.
I mean its not the greatest place for kids to be skating, but its hardly the most disrespectful thing that has ever happened to war memorials…
i think its nice that we have places in canberra that youths are comfortable being in and enjoying…

/ducks

Gerry-Built 4:10 pm 19 Jan 09

…and in general, perhaps the design of monuments needs to be examined, rather than the (rather predictable) actions of the skating children, vandalising adolescents and drunk adults (not that they shouldn’t be held accountable though). Monuments, sculptures and other public amenities are ALWAYS going to be used and abused in ways unintended, and unfortunately you cannot simply say that it is sacred and shouldn’t be mistreated… no amount of education or public service announcements are going to ‘reach’ 100% of people.

Good on you Danman: “You need not always be an @sshole when dealing with miscreant, and in my experience, you can often get desired results when they see adults respecting them” – so true…

AussieGal83 4:08 pm 19 Jan 09

I walk past there everyday on my walk from the office back to the Anzac Park West carpark and I regularly see them doing it. I’m surprised that the police havent put a stop to it.

Gerry-Built 4:02 pm 19 Jan 09

“build it and they will come” apparently works in the negative also.

Maybe someone in ACT Gov needs to make a bloody big sign. We all know how well bloody big signs work, eh?

The little metal studs and blades that a lot of planter boxes etc seem to have in them nowadays work wonders, and perhaps that, coupled with other infrastructure nearby being more “skater friendly” might deter them using the memorials… afterall, at least the kids were outside doing something – we can’t simply “go-off” at everything they do – or they’ll become more sedentary than they already are… respect is something that comes with age, not just education. BTW the publicity (even negative) that they might get out of this will be a big thrill for them – they are, afterall, adolescents… (& they might even post it on YouTube)

Danman 3:42 pm 19 Jan 09

Maybe ask them to show a bit of respect for the fallen who have given their lives for us to live how we do today.

You need not always be an @sshole when dealing with miscreant, and in my experience, you can often get desired results when they see adults respecting them, rather than saying “Piss off ya cheeky little mongrels”

Ozhair 3:25 pm 19 Jan 09

And of course NineMSN are beating it up, as it was, after all a SEVEN News crew who shot the footage 😉

peterh 3:22 pm 19 Jan 09

Thumper said :

Sell them to a passing Afghan camel trader. I did that wiht my kids and it didn’t hurt them one bit. No siree…

sell em for medical experiments.

Thumper 3:18 pm 19 Jan 09

Sell them to a passing Afghan camel trader. I did that wiht my kids and it didn’t hurt them one bit. No siree…

deye 3:14 pm 19 Jan 09

Should these miscreants immediately be drafted and shipped to Iraq.

They look a little young for that.

Thumper 3:08 pm 19 Jan 09

As opposed to an evil war?

ant 3:04 pm 19 Jan 09

What we need is a good war.

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