20 March 2012

Protect Your Playground

A recurring theme continues to regularly creep into my news feed day after day: playground vandalism.

Vandalism is an issue that may never be stopped. The fallacious concept that it is ‘cool’ to damage property is a misdemeanour that has tormented communities throughout the world for years.

I recently read an article that was extremely disheartening about a community playground that was burnt to the ground just days before the eagerly anticipated opening. Following months of planning and successfully securing funding for the equipment, I can’t imagine the disappointment and frustration that this will have caused. It’s bemusing to think that there are people out there that would actually gain some sort of self-satisfaction and enjoyment from breaking young children’s hearts and demolish morale within their own community.

With the problems that we have in today’s financially glum society, people should be pulling together to make the most of everything that comes their way, particularly if it is on their doorstep.

Vandalism is a terrible, heartless and irresponsible act, and hopefully one day people might take a step back and realise that what they are doing is wrong. Until then, communities can only continue to stand firm and not let minorities put a dark cloud on something that should be embraced.


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