Greetings fellow bloggers! I was watching the news recently and I saw something that really irritated me. A teen in Georgia was stomped to death at a party by one of his peers, simply for the reason of being angry. Our victims murderer was supposedly angry at a girl who attended the party and instead of hitting the girl (because that would be BAD) he decided he would hit the next guy who walked by(which doesn’t make it any better) and there you have it folks, that unfortunate next guy was our victim. There are a million ways the public could handle this situation (most of them include extensive jail time) however, if you subtract that million to find all the ways that will discourage teen bullying situations such as these that brings our grand total to one: PROPER PARENTING.
It’s understandable that parents can’t physically be everywhere with their child at once; however can they be everywhere mentally with their kid at once. YES! Every time I was placed in a situation that most would deem questionable the first thing I began to ponder was, what would my parents say. I always weighted my possible consequences carefully because I always did believe that if I had enough temerity to mindfully do something I knew was wrong, then I must have the temerity to live with whatever punishment would come along with it. Whether I was planning to steal some cake before dinner (which was the ULTIMATE NO-NO) or curse out a teacher who made me very angry, I always thought it through – a quality I was taught by my parents (oh, by the way THANKS MOM!)
I may not be one to talk, because I am not nor will I soon be a parent – however I will commence to comment anyway: If your kid can do something like this to another human being then honestly, where are you in this kids life?
You know the thing that made me the angriest is that after the victim died and the perpetrators were interviewed asking if they felt any remorse they had the nerve to say they didn’t feel that this was their fault.
NOW, LET ME ASK AGAIN PARENTS; WHERE ARE YOU?
This reminds me of a commercial I see on T.V. all the time; it shows a stopwatch-esque picture of a clock in the background and in a deep voice the narrator says:
“Its five o’clock, do you know where your kids are?”
My father always replied “Yeah, unfortunately there all around me.”
I never realized it until now, but, there actually are some parents out there who cannot answer that question until about one or two in the morning. That would be when their little brat decides to drag their drunken selves in from a night of doing god-knows-what.
Not to sound “uncool” or anything; but that’s just messed up – BIG TIME.
And parents, you know that its messed up BIG TIME, so don’t ignore it when your kid shows the obvious signs of being a bully; and on the flip-side don’t ignore it when your kid shows the signs of being bullied. Don’t be afraid to do some investigating if you’re curious from time to time about what your kid actually goes through on a day to day basis.
Take it from someone who sees it happen everyday – you need to be there, you need to know what’s going on and you NEED to help stop teen bullying before it blossoms any further.