Children are to coming to places like Newquay 'to get lashed' (as one put it) or drunk. Newquay is a surfing town so it must encourage young people to come to it. But young people means the tendency to drink, and maybe to take drugs. And obviously this must be cracked down on.
But is this a case of too much pressure too soon? Although GCSEs are much easier than A-levels, for schoolchildren who have random lessons on various topics to work towards a particular exam (although there are of course 11 plus before that) is a great turnaround. There is also stress from their parents wanting to do well. No wonder children feel that they need to have a break from it during the summer holidays.
Maybe the break is another thing that causes it-a student cannot keep focused on exams if they are no longer there, their outlook changes.
Of course we need to police kids to make sure they are all right-but even with laws saying 'under 25' instead of 'under 18' doesn't really solve things. The beginning of drinking, the beginning of sexual contact, is a troublesome period of time, so mistakes occur and unfortunately sometimes these are big mistakes.
All we can do is try and hope we come through or that are children come through. The kids are basically all right.