By TJ Wilson
May 18, 2010
I am still having trouble believing that the youth in Ketchikan
is so devoid of humanity and right feelings that it has taken
me a while here to come to grips with it and speak out. I, of
course, am speaking of the You Tube episode wherein many teens
bullied an unfortunate individual. And the resulting lack of
prosecution or official condemnation of their actions.
It is widely known that the District Attorneys (Assistants, et
al) in Ketchikan are not as good at their jobs as they should
be. They spend too much time on petty offenses, the larger ones
are dealt down to smaller offenses and nothing is accomplished
through the court system. No treatment or education is available
to inmates, so they don't learn how to not re-offend. There
are times when it appears to me that the DA's office is fearful
of encountering the wrath of the monied, at least, it's as close
as I can come to defining their actions or lack thereof. Not
prosecuting these children is deplorable.
Harassment at the very least, or a very public and official disapproval
of their actions. Had it been a child of mine, I would have
taken that child to the police station myself and insisted on
their being arrested. But, there's the other problem...
Parents no longer care for their children. They are not taught
respect, they are not penalized for their unsocial behavior.
And children learn as much by what they are taught as what they
learn through unspoken lessons, and these children have learned
that it's okay to do what they did, because they didn't get in
trouble for it. What will they do next?
This is the age of terror and violence, and no one is doing anything
in Ketchikan to alleviate this situation. Parents don't have
to parent, children don't have to mind, and those who suffer,
well, nobody cares about them. This is the reality of Ketchikan,
and the legal system here. If you pay attention to the court
calendar and the police reports, you will see that those who
furnish alcohol to minors receive a $50 fine. Huh. Drug dealers
of "just pot" receive a slap on the wrist as well
(14 days in jail), and dealers of other drugs are treated to
probation. All over the country teens are doing more violence
to others than anywhere else in the world, and everyone says,
Too bad, but nothing is done about it.
Ketchikan, I've said it before, it's time to take control of
this city, time to work towards making this a better place to
live. The City Council and Borough are more concerned about
the tourists that come to town than those of us who live here
year-round, and it's time that solutions be found and implemented
to curtail this kind of activity, whether it means making parents
responsible for their children's actions, or teaching children
the proper way to behave using the school system. How hard is
it to get the message across that is NOT okay to be disrespectful,
it is NOT okay to be violent, it is NOT okay to step on the rights
of others, it is NOT okay to steal, it is NOT okay to be stupid,
it is NOT okay to take advantage of those less fortunate, and
so on and so on. These lessons used to be learned in the home,
they aren t now.
And it's time to get rid of those who are not working toward
making Ketchikan a worthwhile community in which to live, be
it news editors who biasly report the news, district attorneys
who don't do their job, or council members only concerned about
making the tourists happy.
YouTube pulled the videos because
their submission guidelines prohibit submission of Graphic
or gratuitous violence... Their policy states If your video
shows someone being physically hurt, attacked, or humiliated,
don t post it. At least YouTube has a conscience.
Received May 16, 2010 - Published
May 18, 2010
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