Why is this happening in Ketchikan
By Tony Gwynn
February 11, 2007
I can't speak specifically for the incident Mrs. Lindahl describes
in her letter, but I can address her main points.
Her suggestion that in the
old days an older person would go to jail for touching somebody
underage is false, and is one of the core reasons why a section
of our youth population is so screwed up today.
In the old days, if a youth was raising hell or causing trouble
at a public facility and then disrespected an adult who tried
to intervene or stop the altercation . . . the youth would be
punished. The parent would come down and THANK the worker and
police help wouldn't be necessary, as the parents punishment
would be worse than anything the police doled out. When the parent
left, he'd thank the worker and give him his phone number to
call if the son every caused a ruckus again.
But that's not how things work in today's society. Parents don't
allow their children to take responsibility for their misdeeds.
I don't know the specifics of Mrs. Lindahl's situation, but I've
seen similar incidents happen at not only the Rec Center but
other public places (the mall, the ball field, high school basketball
games). A kid starts some trouble and when the people in charge
tell them to stop or kick them out of the event, the youth responds
with a "f*** you" and other name-calling and insults.
In the "old" days, the worker could grab the kid by
the scruff of the neck and show him the door. And when the child's
parents found out, the child would be punished! Parents taught
their kids to RESPECT others!
But today, the child's parents call the cops and threaten law
suits - because their precious little child was physically touched
or picked on by the mean old workers! Unfortunately, a lot of
kids today have been so spoiled and treated like they can do
no wrong, that they have no respect for authority or other people's
property or feelings. And anytime they get in trouble, their
parents automatically blame everybody else involved in the situation.
When I was a teenager, if my friends and I were goofing off or
causing a disturbance and an authority figure told us to STOP
- we said "yes sir" and we stopped and hoped our parents
didn't find out. Today, the kids just laugh, maybe curse at the
worker and keep doing what they were doing.
I know that not all of our youth are like this. But I've seen
it happen enough times to realize it's a problem.
Note: Comments published
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Received February 09, 2007 - Published February 11, 2006
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