2008 November 13

This week, in Scunthorpe, a ‘gang of hoodies‘ was reported for attacking a teenage girl – but they turned out to be the only people who’d stopped to help her. A member of the public called the police when they thought they saw four teenage boys carrying out an attack, but when officers arrived the youths were helping the 14 year old girl, who had collapsed drunk in the street. The boys had carried her into a doorway out of the rain, used her mobile phone to call her family, then stood watch until somebody come and collect her.

Meanwhile in London a judge was within his powers to ban an anti-social youth from wearing a hoodie, the High Court decided. And 18 year old man from Greenwich had argued that the order exceeded the powers of the Anti-social Behaviour Order against him because, his lawyers said, banning him from hooded sweatshirts was more an expression of distaste than a matter of compelling public safety. But the High Court ruled the ban was justified and reduced public fear.

And in Canada the first ever line of Aboriginal Vancouver clothing was launched this month. At a fashion show displaying clothing created by First Nation designers aboriginal young people modelled T-shirts and hoodies which will be available across Canada. The Aboriginal Licensing And Merchandising Programme was created to showcase authentic Aboriginal arts and culture – it raises awareness about Aboriginal peoples and cultures by taking Aboriginal culture and bringing it to the world stage. One-third of royalties from the sale of the products go to the Vancouver 2010 Aboriginal Youth Legacy Fund to support education, sport and cultural initiatives.

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