In school, they can be called class clowns, trouble makers, class disturbers. Are there serious mental issues behind the anti-social behavior or is it just a phase?
With recent clips of local students fighting going viral, social workers say any student can get into trouble once, but for those who get in trouble repeatedly, it may be a sign of anti-social behavior.
“Chances are, if you’re being expelled, or suspended or withdrawn from class, you have committed an act of anti-social behavior,” said Bonnie Anglin of Youth Anti-Crime Trust.
She says anti-social behavior’s are not found in a persons DNA, but things in their surroundings – such as drug abuse, physical abuse and other family dysfunctional creates youths at risk of not having the skills necessary to function in society.
“That’s dangerous because ultimately, we want all of our young people to get employment; become good citizens and when that becomes taxed, we see higher levels of unemployment,” said Michael Myles, Co-Chair of Youth ACT.