Posted: 31/08/2015 at 19:16
When I took the dog out this afternoon there was a lad walking towards us. (About 14). I recognised him as someone I'd seen on his way to school and he always makes a fuss of Jekka. He turned round and walked with us and when I asked why he wasn't at school he said he'd been excluded. Why? For swearing at the Head. Why? "He told me off". I asked if he was waiting for his pals to finish school and he said he was on his way to meet one, also excluded for having a knife in his bag.
He seemed quite, I wouldn't say proud, more matter of fact about it. His father would like him to go into the army as he'd been in and there was a good pension. People need a bit of nurturing but don't always get it.
I'd lay a bet that this lad wouldn't deliberately hurt an animal but if push comes to shove he'd let frustrations out. I still think there's good in him.