They are images we thought belonged to past times, but which could affect our future generation.
Successive nights of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland involved children as young as 12, police have revealed.
Now some young people face court and the prospect of a criminal record.
A total of 32 police officers were injured as a result of the disorder, which saw violent clashes in loyalist areas of Belfast, Londonderry, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus.
Children as young as 13 and 14 are now due to appear before Belfast Youth Court on April 30, following the chaos that came after a peaceful protest in the Sandy Row area on Friday night.
It highlights a wider issue of why young people - who would appear to have little or no knowledge of the political complexities around Brexit and the union - turn to trouble.
Community workers in loyalist areas said they understood why children at such a young age were involved in the shocking scenes and felt the blame should be directed at the lack of leadership from Stormont politicians.
Police Federation chair Mark Lindsay said "older more sinister elements" were influencing young people to attack police.
The fallout from the Northern Ireland Protocol and last week's events after the PPS' decision not to prosecute 24 members of Sinn Fein for attending IRA man Bobby Storey's funeral in June, were described as adding "fuel to the fire" of loyalist anger.
Moore Holmes, a loyalist community worker from east Belfast, said children do understand the "simple messages" the Protocol has brought, such as a threat to their British identity and Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom.
As part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, the Protocol saw a customs border drawn in the Irish Sea, resulting in checks on goods coming here from the UK.
Mr Holmes said the violence in Sandy Row and beyond was an "outpouring of growing anger and disillusionment" within the loyalist community towards Northern Ireland's institutions.
"Young people are more aware of things than people realise," he said. "Young people are treated like they don't have a clue. A lot of them do and they understand the simple things that are happening.
"To put it simply, what we have in the Irish Sea border is a situation where people's identity has been threatened and their country has been threatened.
"They probably don't understand the intricacies but they do understand the feeling.
"When there is a peaceful protest arranged, which can regretfully descend very quickly, and the police attend, young people get involved in these sort of things.
"Nobody wants to see that but this is the inevitability of the situation we're currently in."
Last week, some bonfire building groups across Northern Ireland said they will no longer engage with local policing teams following the PPS' decision over Storey's funeral.
Mr Holmes, who is a member of the East Belfast Cultural Collective, which was set up to represent bonfire groups in the area, said the move was "indicative" of the lack of confidence within the loyalist community towards policing.
"What we're seeing as a mediatory group is that bonfire builders are not engaging and neither will we," he added.
Community activist Trevor Greer from south Belfast, who is a former member of the Belfast South Community Resources group, said the violence came down to a failure in political leadership.
He said the young people involved in the riots were "given a cause" because of the Storey funeral decision and the protocol.
"You have to understand too that it can be a bit of fun for them," added Mr Greer. "I know it's not right, but I would say a large number of the people that were down there on Friday night were probably there for the right reasons.
"The other ones were probably down to cause mayhem. You're always going to get that, no matter what part of the world you go to.
"You're always going to get that small group of people who are there for one reason and that's to cause mayhem."
Former RUC Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan said it can be incredibly hard to break the cycle of violence as young people simply enjoy rioting with police.
He felt the PSNI should now focus on working with people within loyalist communities but said both the UVF and UDA will make that incredibly difficult.
"There are a lot of good people within those communities who will try and do it but ultimately you've got the paramilitary control coming in behind it," Mr McQuillan said.
"The paramilitaries are looking at these kids and they're working out which are useful to them in their main business, which is dealing drugs."
Policing Board member and Alliance MLA John Blair condemned the rioting and said his thoughts are with those officers who were injured.
The South Antrim MLA called on those with influence in communities to appeal for calm and said it was "most disappointing and distressing" to see young people involved in violence.
"Politicians need to be careful about their language in undermining and challenging the leadership of the PSNI publicly because words do have consequences," he added.