Young people 'insulted'

PUBLISHED: 02:01 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 15 June 2010

I am writing about the inefficency of the unnecersary ban of Honiton Community College students from two local shops. This ban is for those students who are wearing their uniforms, which beggers the question: Do the small minority who are causing problem

I am writing about the inefficency of the unnecersary ban of Honiton Community College students from two local shops. This ban is for those students who are wearing their uniforms, which beggers the question: Do the small minority who are causing problems miraculously behave better when dressed in their street clothes?Do these supermarkets not have any problems during weekends or school holidays? My son is 15. He and his friends are decent lads, who wouldn't and don't cause trouble in town, however, they can no longer use these shops on their lunch break or on their way home from school. My son collects his little sister from school and this will mean he can't take her to either shop for sweets on the way home as he used to. I will no longer be doing my shopping in either establishment and will be using Tesco instead, as I feel this is an insult to those teenagers who do not behave badly. They are being insulted - by the insinuation that they are all trouble-making hoodies. Teenagers have money to spend the same as any other consumer. They are customers and, as such, should be afforded the respect that any other customer would expect. If a teenager or any customer is rude, abusive or caught stealing, it should be dealt with - but not by a blanket ban on all their peers. Jo HeyburnSawmills Way Honiton

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