I learn something every day, though some days I wish I didn't and today is one of them.
Twelve year old Sonny Grainger (above with his mother) has been described as a 'one-boy wave of terror' by police and told he will be locked up if he continues with his criminal behaviour.
His mother insists that he needs medical help rather than prison because he suffers from oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), which causes him to be hostile to authority figures.
Sonny, from Hull, has stolen cars, started fires, assaulted neighbours with bottles, eggs, stones and sticks and even smashed the windows in his own home after being told off for bad behaviour. He tends to sleep for only two hours a night and has tablets to sedate him in the evening.
The neighbourhood beat officer said, "The boy does know the difference between right and wrong and this asbo is a last-ditch attempt to change his behaviour."
His mother said, "I am not saying I have not received help - I just don't think I have received the right help. I will not give up on him. I love him."
Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a recognised psychiatric condition said to affect between one and 16% of school age children. They are consistently surly, with a pattern of unco-operative, defiant and hostile behaviour towards authority figures.
Perhaps it is the generation gap, but if this lad had been around in the 50s when I was his age, he would have been sorted out by one or all of the three policemen who lived within a close or two. No doubt about it.