YOUNG tearaways from Huddersfield are to go on an army challenge day.
Such a move is certain to polarise opinion both for and against the idea.
To some it will be seen as nothing more than a fun day out – a reward for bad behaviour.
To others it will offer the opportunity for a glimpse at a disciplined way off life and, perhaps, tempt some of the youngsters to change their ways and join up.
But they won’t be square-bashing. This certainly does not come across as a punishment.
The youngsters will be tackling an assault course, archery, paint-balling, a mountain bike challenge, a general knowledge quiz and an aerial walkway.
Not the kind of things to give them an insight into what army life is really like.
Certainly many youngsters from tough backgrounds who have not fallen foul of the law would have relished the chance to take part in something like this.
The youngsters who are going have all admitted committing antisocial behaviour and have agreed to abide by Acceptable Behaviour Contracts with the council.
Perhaps, as part of those contracts, instead of just agreeing to behave to the same standards as the rest of us they should have agreed to take part in some community work.
How about litter-picking or helping to renovate a community centre?
That would give them an insight into what a Community Order was all about so they know what they face at first if they continue to misbehave.