Thursday, April 24, 2008

Think of the (overly violent) children

It seems like, when you look at the news over the past few decades, children have been becoming more and more prone to acts of violence. They have definitely been given more of a free pass, and many of them have a greater sense of entitlement, than previous generations, but that may be partially due to people with poor-to-no parenting skills, as well as the concept that a simple spanking (and yes, we mean a spanking, and nothing more) automatically constitutes child abuse.

Of course, not all kids are prone to these acts, but the ones that are definitely should raise alarms. Especially when those kids are the type to throw punches and chairs at their fellow classmates.

Just a little scary, when you think about it. Of course, from our perspective, the scariest thing is not that the child has been arrested. It's not even the overall lack of remorse that he seems to carry. The scariest thing to us is the quote from the boy's grandmother, "He gets very upset and he loves to hit." Keep in mind, this entire thing started because of a dispute over crayons. The grandmother went on to say that, if the teacher couldn't stop the child from punching, then "she shouldn't be in that line of work." Because, really, as a teacher, your job skills should obviously include the ability to take down and restrain a mini-Mike Tyson, as well as being able to get the students to care about the Louisiana Purchase.

Here's the catch that, as regular readers, we're expecting you've found to. Let's say that the teacher did exactly what the grandmother thinks she should have, and restrained the child he tossed a couple of chairs around because he couldn't use the sky blue Crayola. We're practically betting that the person arrested would have been the teacher, and it would have been for child abuse. After all, if teacher's can get in trouble for taping squares on the floor around a student's desk, imagine what would happen if one actually tried to lay a hand on a precious little child, no matter whether or not said child was prepared to swing haymakers at anyone within reach.

And really? When an 8-year-old is versed in the concept of pressing charges, maybe it's time to reanalyze their education. After all, not every little thug has a life of sports ahead of them. Some have to accept that low-paying job at a restaurant, or *gasp* get a college education.

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