If you were being attacked by a group of youths and one of them decided to smash you in the side of the head with a large rock, you would be pretty angry, right?
Not in Philip Reinecke’s case. Mr Reinecke wants to see positive change from a situation that could have left him seriously injured.
His story is one people would not like to imagine happens in a place like Matamata.
On November 24, Mr Reinecke was coming home from shopping when he saw a group of teenagers kicking in his neighbour’s garage door.
‘‘I stopped and said, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’,’’ he said.
‘‘That was when their attention immediately shifted to me. Next thing I knew one of them punched me in the eye.
‘‘They were trying to pull me out of my vehicle.’’
The group succeeded in getting Mr Reinecke out of his car.
‘‘I was standing there and had about seven of them coming at me.they were going crazy.’’
Unbeknown to Mr Reinecke, his wife and neighbours saw what was taking place and called the police.
Another neighbour came to his aid. ‘‘ I really don’t know what would have happened if my neighbour hadn’t come to help me. I think the outcome would have been different. They would have given me a good hiding that’s all I know.’’
One of the boys seemed particularly agitated and went into the garden and grabbed a large rock. He then smashed the side of Mr Reinecke’s head with it, which resulted in him being knocked out and hitting his head on the ground. Not long after Matamata police arrived at the scene.
They arrested all those involved. Now a 14 year old is facing a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The worst thing Mr Reinecke said was having his children exposed to such violent behaviour.
‘‘That’s what hurts me the most. The fact that my children had to watch this unfold,’’ he said.
Instead of feeling resentful about what happened, Mr Reinecke has a positive outlook and said he felt sorry for the youths involved in attacking him.
He has since spoken to the mother of one of the boys and said he does want to see those responsible for his attack held accountable for what they did.
‘‘All these kids need is love. The problem is the environment they’re living in with all alcohol and drugs.’’
Fast forward to the future and there is only one thing that Mr Reinecke really wants to see.
‘‘I want this young man to get an education. I want to see him in a classroom learning. Education opens so many doors.’’
No grudges: Philip Reinecke says there is a lot to be learned by what happened on November 24 when he was attacked by a group of youths. INSERT: Following the attack.