February 6, 2019 11:00 am
Updated: February 6, 2019 1:09 pm

Scott Thompson: What makes someone put on a mask and terrorize?

A group of about 30 masked people marched down Locke Street on a Saturday night in 2018, smashing windows with rocks and damaging vehicles.

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Another misguided soul is paying the price for covering up his face, encouraging others to do the same and marching down Hamilton’s Locke Street last year, terrorizing citizens and vandalizing their businesses.

The pack of wacky, left-wing extremists who vandalized Locke Street businesses last year carried a banner claiming to be anarchists; however, no real message or organization was conveyed other than “we’re here to wreck your stuff.”

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Most of those who work hard to earn a living have a difficult time understanding what the group’s beef was or what it wanted.

READ MORE: Masked group vandalizes Locke Street businesses

Tyler Nadeau from Montreal was sentenced to six months in jail for his part in vandalizing Locke Street, while Cedar Hopperton has already been sentenced to one year in jail after both were riled up while attending a weekend anarchist book fair at Westdale Secondary School beforehand.

What makes a coward put on a mask and terrorize?

This time, it’s clearly not a lack of brains.

READ MORE: 3 arrested, 3 more wanted on warrants in connection with Locke Street vandalism

Nadeau has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, is continuing his studies in Quebec and was described in court as very articulate so it’s hard to use the excuse that he fell between the cracks.

Whatever his motives were, clearly he has the skills to do more than cover his face, throw a temper tantrum in the street and cause terror to innocent, law-abiding citizens.

The positive news is that he will have lots of time to think about it all by himself before he gets to play in the sandbox again.

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.​​​

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