'It's a lack of proper parenting' - Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe addresses parents of youths who attacked him in Dublin
Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe has called on parents to "keep an eye" on their kids following his attack by a group of youths on Sunday.
Blythe was taking photographs near to the 3Arena prior to his band's gig at the venue the next day when he was set upon by a group of 15 or 16 year old boys.
Following the incident, during which he sustained minor injuries, Blythe took to Instagram to reveal the youths hit him with a stick and stole his hat and glasses before a taxi driver intervened and dispersed the gang.
In a further statement issued on Tuesday evening, Blythe reiterated that he is physically fine and again thanked the taxi driver for intervening.
He said he issued the post to remind his photographer friends and anyone else out and about in any city, not just Dublin, to be vigilant.
"Since lots of people are asking, in regards to the incident that happened in Dublin, I am fine- just a couple of scrapes and bruises, no lasting damage. I've hurt myself worse before skateboarding, so it's nothing I can't shake off- I have a pretty hard head, haha," he explained.
"I explained the whole thing on my Instagram (@drandallblythe)- it was regrettable, but to a great degree it was also my own fault for not paying more attention to my surroundings- I knew better, but I got distracted taking photos. I'm just glad it wasn't any worse, because it could have been. I got off pretty easily, thanks to a good hearted cab driver who scattered those kids while I made it back to my hotel (thank you, whoever you are)."
He continued, "That's why I posted about it, to remind my photographer friends (and anyone else who might be out wandering in any city, not just Dublin) to remain alert at all times. These things can happen very quickly if you aren't on guard, and it certainly did in my case, in a matter of five seconds or so- learn from my mistake. This is the reality of today's world."
Blythe went on to describe the youths behaviour as the result of a "lack of poper parenting" and directly address the parents of the children who attacked him, asking them to "keep an eye" on their kids.
"And in retrospect, I'm not even mad at these youth, I'm honestly not- it's more sad to me that jumping strangers is how some kids get their kicks. To me this indicative of a lack of proper parenting- we as a society are failing our children when we raise them in such an over-permissive manner that assaulting random people is considered fun.
"It is true that boys will be boys, and I am certainly no angel- I had my share of stupid scraps growing up. But it never once occurred to me to gather four or five of my friends together and go beat some random person up for that evening's entertainment. That is not how my parents raised me. It's weak, cowardly, and very, very unmanly.
"So I ask you, parents- is that what we want for our children? Cowardice and a mob mentality where people are afraid to stand on their own as individuals? I I hope not. Keep an eye on your kids, ok?"
He once again reiterated that he will return to Ireland, which he described as a "beautiful green island".
"As for Ireland- I'll be back. No worries- I'm not afraid of your beautiful green island. Unfortunately, I just happened to meet a few of your undesirables, and they exist everywhere. See you on the road.
-D. Randall Blythe"