They can survive a lot of hard use, but not abuse. As a parent of triplet boys, I can easily imagine what they could do to a Speed -- there's glass, bellows material and all sorts of bendy metal parts that hands can 'play' with. And this does not even come close to what kids can do if they get the idea into their heads to want to destroy something. I kept my photo stuff in a different building altogether!
Stephanie -- sorry to hear about your camera.
The worst thing is that the kids who did this weren't mine. Heh.
I'll probably get another eventually, but I don't know.
No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.