2nd April 2008
Kiro Supports Taggers
The Children’s Commissioner should resign for her comments that graffiti and tagging are legitimate art form say a
Justice Watchdog organization.
Dr. Kiro made the comments to the Law and Order Select Committee hearing submissions on the Summary Offences [Tagging
and Graffiti Vandalism] amendment Bill.
The Children’s Commissioner said, “That for some people, graffiti and tagging are seen as legitimate art forms”, she
went on to say “There is history and social commentary behind these art forms”.
Those comments have angered the Sensible Sentencing Trust who says the Commissioners comments endorse vandalism and she
Trust Spokesman Garth McVicar said he is absolutely staggered that someone with a responsibility for the protection and
well-being of young people could make such an inflammatory statement.
“Dr. Kiro has given every wannabe tagger and vandal permission to commit crime, providing they say that it was an
expression of there history or a legitimate art form they probably won’t be charged and if they are, a clever defence
lawyer will argue there case and they will walk free.”
“Her comments are hugely provocative at a time when a decent hard working citizen is facing a murder charge because of
his frustration over this issue.”
Mr. McVicar said it was totally irresponsible for The Children’s Commissioner to endorse entry level crime at a time
law-abiding citizens were struggling to come to terms with spiraling youth crime.
“Is the Commissioner not aware that violence by youth offenders aged between 14 and 16 has escalated an alarming 47% in
the last 9 years?
Is she also unaware that violent crime committed by 10 to 13 year olds has increased by a staggering 30% in the space of
one year alone?!”
“The youth committing these violent crimes would have all started with graffiti and vandalism.”
“Graffiti and vandalism are entry level crimes and must be treated seriously.”
“Dr. Kiro may well have signed the arrest warrant for thousands more young people.”
“She should resign immediately.”