Talk Back: Skateboarders elicit strong reactions
Posted on December 21, 2020
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The Spring Hope Board of Commissioners discussed a rash of public complaints directed at two young skateboarders during the board's Dec. 7 meeting.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Should town leaders be concerned about skateboarders riding on Spring Hope's streets? To share your views, comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enterprise readers shared their views on the newspaper’s editorial, “Skateboarding is not a crime, Spring Hope.”
Would we rather have them dealing drugs, vandalizing buildings, jeering at passersby? Would we rather our youth stay indoors, out of sight, glued to their phones? Have they damaged any property? Did they unlawfully engage or threaten a member of the public or our police officers? Surely they would have been charged if so. Do folks realize that some of our youth actually use skateboards as transportation? A lot better than walking. There may be more to the story than I know, but if not, perhaps it might be time for grown-ups to take a deep breath. Just my opinion, no hate to anyone.
Now when these individuals get hurt or killed because of their actions, no one needs to say anything to the police about not “doing their job”! They are clearly trying to prevent someone from getting hurt or worse, but all that is happening is they are getting thrown under the bus! My suggestion: Walk one day in these officers’ shoes and maybe you will get to see just the level of BS they endure to protect and serve our community. It’s really a damn shame that this is even an issue that needs discussing!
Spring Reed Toney
I saw one of the skateboarders hit the railroad tracks on Walnut today — almost stumbled and a dump truck was headed right for him. I just wish they did not skateboard in traffic. I would hate to see someone hurt.
Nancy House Perry
Maybe supporting the police should start with the editor. I hope WRAL never has to interview him after a fatality for his editorial, basically giving carte blanche to the skateboarders with Rule No. 11.
I grew up in this town. I have lived here for 40 years. When I was growing up, I was able to ride my bike anywhere I wanted. Sidewalks, roads, etc. Nothing was ever said ‘cause this town was not full of old, stuffy people with so many opinions. I understand if the skateboarders are doing something they should not; then yes, say something to them, but if they are not harming themselves or others, leave them be. This day and time, Spring Hope does not have a lot to offer the kids and teens who grow up here. If the town was not so stuffy and didn’t want the town to stay the same, then maybe our kids would have more to do. Think of our young adults and the kids growing up here now. The times have changed. Spring Hope needs to change with those times.
These wet blankets would lose their minds if they lived in Kill Devil Hills where adults and kids get around on skateboards. Vote ‘em out now — because with everything going on, if this is what they are worried about, they can kick rocks.
Garrett W. Driver
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