The extraordinary commissioner of the municipality of Neptune Bruno Stratiwith an open letter.
The news that appeared in the national newspapers of the last “challenge” of the Neptune boys to those who, lying on the pedestrian crossing, gets up last, a few moments before the arrival of the cars, leaves us completely stunned. I say this as an extraordinary commissioner of this municipality but first of all as a father. The fact, in its absurdity, cannot leave us indifferent, but it must make us reflect and ask some questions.
The first question, the most obvious one, is why they do it.
Boredom, social exhibitionism.
How is it possible for teenagers to put themselves in such a dangerous situation, as if they were in a video game, only to be admired by their peers. How is it possible that, in the middle of the night, with their parents who, unaware, are sleeping at home, these kids risk their lives and that of others just to win more likes.
We do not know if it is an isolated case or a repeated behavior. Certainly it is a small minority, an exception, yet the phenomenon should not be underestimated also because this summer there were not a few episodes of malamovida that saw teenagers as protagonists.
There has been talk for some time of a Zeta generation, of digitized kids, who spend most of their day on their PCs, looking at their smartphones, hyper-connected to a virtual world that has increasingly become the “real” world for them.
It is certainly a different generation, “faster” than ours, a daughter of the last century, but it is also a fragile generation that needs to be supported and even more, compared to past generations, “accompanied” in the complexity of the society in which we live.
Who is responsible for “accompanying” these young people on their growth path?
Parents, the School. Yes of course, them first of all, but not only.
It is clear that an important role must be played by the institutions, starting with the local ones that are closest to the citizens, which must take part in the educational action of our children through effective interventions that do not translate – attention – into prohibitions and prohibitions (unless there is illegal conduct), but rather in activities of comparison and analysis as well as support in the most critical situations.
Parents, School, Institutions, civil and religious, Associations, etc. there are many players in the field.
Each in his different role has the task and responsibility of “educating” the children so that they become aware of their uniqueness and their abilities, are aware of the importance of their life and of the fact that results are not obtained for free, they rediscover the true values and are ready to lead an existence that respects themselves and others, observing the rules and taking care of public affairs.
It is therefore necessary to start afresh from a renewed “generational” pact – not written – which commits not only the School and the Parents, but also all the components of the Society, not to abdicate the role of “educators” and to concretely carry out actions to “accompany” the young people to professional, social and cultural life.
Only in this way will we be able to have our children tomorrow, as adults, ready to participate responsibly in the life of the country.
In practice, as a municipal administration, we will intensify the dialogue with the school world, with parents and children, involving third sector associations, we will promote, with the involvement of other institutions, meetings in schools and initiatives aimed at spreading the law and respecting rules of civil coexistence and we will encourage the creation of places of confrontation and cultural and social growth.
At the same time, we will accelerate the realization of public works for young people, such as sports fields, and we will further strengthen the control action by the local Police, which together with the other Police Forces in the area, plays a fundamental role in protection of legality, security and public order.
By doing so, we will try to create all possible conditions so that episodes like the one that happened the other night – be it isolated or repeated – never happen again.
The extraordinary Commissioner