Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rough Justice? No, Just Another Day; as the Morning Bulletin's Reporter Amy Formosa Sat outside Rockhampton's Children's Court Recently She Discovered a Sad Side to the Youth of Today

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rough Justice? No, Just Another Day; as the Morning Bulletin's Reporter Amy Formosa Sat outside Rockhampton's Children's Court Recently She Discovered a Sad Side to the Youth of Today

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IT'S 9.30 on Tuesday morning and the weekly grind of Rockhampton's Children's Court has started.

I'm sitting outside the closed court watching a steady flow of juvenile offenders appear with their parents.

A young boy, who looks about 15 or 16, struts in with his low-cut jeans and cap on sideways.

He is with his mum and younger sibling and walks straight up to a mate who is already there, waiting for his name to be called.

"What are you here for?a says the mate.

The next thing I see is a cheeky smirk on both their faces as they share information.

If they are worried about appearing before a magistrate they aren't showing it.

Do they think it's cool to get in trouble and end up in court?

For many, court becomes a vicious circle.

Some of these atough teensa re-offend, end up with another fine for mum and dad to pay, and then they're back in the dock. …

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