Gen Y behaves badly

A SPATE of public nuisance offences has kept local police busy over the weekend.

After a Friday night out, approximately between 1.30am and 2.10am Saturday morning, police arrested three men for being a nuisance and one for public urination.

A total of six were arrested for the same type of offences on Saturday night and one for drug-related offences, all occurring in Gympie's CBD.

On Saturday night, police caught two of the offending males when they were called to a disturbance at the Monkland Street taxi rank about 4am.

Then, two more males and two females were arrested about 4.20am in the same area.

Some of the nuisance offences related to violent behaviour.

The Monkland Street taxi rank is notorious for being a place of violence in the early hours of the morning, when people are generally waiting for a taxi ride home and are often intoxicated.

In January, local man Mat Hatchman could have been killed by one punch after he was randomly king hit from behind at the rank.

He doesn't know why he was attacked and left lying unconscious after his head hit the pavement and was deeply gashed.

Then, hours later another man was attacked and found by a group of people lying unconscious under the bench seat at the rank.

One Punch Can Kill campaigner Chad Best has told The Courier Mail that Generation Y threatens to spiral out of control.

His brother was allegedly bashed to death at a party by four men in May this year.

“It appears to me with Generation Y that there's a real gang mentality, quite an obvious problem,” Mr Best said.

He said he was angry the State Government had decided not to continue giving the One Punch Can Kill campaign $270,000 worth of funding.

More and more people are finding out that it isn't safe on the streets as alcohol-fuelled violence becomes more common.

There are now more than 600 members of a Facebook page called People Against Violence in Gympie, which was created in March after a dramatic escalation of alcohol-fuelled violence around Gympie's CBD .

And it doesn't seem that our younger generation is intending to slow down as a study has reported that violent attacks by Australian boys and girls had doubled and trebled from 1989 to 2007.

The One Punch Can Kill campaign exists to reverse the amount of young Queenslanders that are assaulted at parties, in bars and on the streets.

Gympie Times


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