I don't believe all these kids are bad thru and thru - the mob mentality kicks in!
and how what?
I understand a majority of the people who have been arrested so far do not have criminal records - no, I don't have the source for that information. If I find it, I will post it.
The folk who are inciting this are appealing to the kids to be rebellious, to get the respect from the authorities that they can do this and there won't be consequences - stating the police have been taking the pish for years etc etc etc.
Many of the people, not just kids
, who are looting are opportunists - they think they have the right to take whatever they wish to because "everyone else is doing it" "they have the right because they say so" "they are getting their taxes back" blah blah blah - I don't believe if you took all of these people as individuals that they are terrible/bad people - however, that doesn't matter a jot right now, because what they are doing is still wrong - individually or collectively. They get into the mob mentality and do things that possibly - POSSIBLY - they would not ordinarily do.
Perhaps I am wrong, I don't think so tho!
People often do things they wouldn't ordinarily do, whether it's right or wrong / happy or sad, when there is a crowd. The fear goes. In these situations, that's a very dangerous way to be.