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Bullied Bus Monitor: What Do You Expect, America?

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We have reached a very sad place in American society. What would have been unheard of when I was a child (less than 25 years ago) is now one of the hot topics of the week. Not only is the topic being discussed, there is actually a video of the event- an adult being bullied by kids. An even sadder part of the story is that it was not the adult that posted the video, it was the teenagers that committed this heinous act that posted it, bragging about what they had done.

If you have not seen the video, and want to know what is going on, here is the video. (For full disclosure, I must admit that I cannot bring myself to watch the actual video, but have heard and read numerous reports on the details of what is actually shown.)

As the DailyDot puts it:

A group of teens in Greece, N.Y. became Internet celebrities for all the wrong reasons yesterday after a video that showed them harassing Karen Klein, a bus monitor, surfaced on YouTube. The bullying was vile, nasty, and hard to watch.

 

When I first read the article yesterday, my heart went out to Ms. Klein. Today, we hear her side of the story. The anger that I felt yesterday is even more intense today, after hearing from her personally.

Image via thedailywh.at

In an article at thedailywh.at, this is what Ms. Klein had to say about the event:

What was Klein thinking as the juvenile delinquents berated her Monday?

Something about me being so fat and ugly your kids probably should commit suicide. I don’t think they knew my son had… I wanted to punch them is what I wanted to do. So that’s why I laid back, tried to ignore it. Because I really wanted to hurt them, you know?

 

Just ten years ago, her son took his life, and here are these kids taunting her that this is what she should do. She tried to ignore it. She tried.

Personally, this hit home. A little more than 11 years ago my husband took his own life. She said she wanted to “punch them”. I wasn’t the one being berated, and I want to punch them now! I want to hear from the parents of these teenagers! How are they going to be disciplined for this?  It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the parents actually defend the actions of these teenagers!

When I was growing up, if I had participated in something like this, I most certainly would not have been brave enough to post it somewhere bragging about it! However, I would never have dreamed of doing something like this! I was not the most innocent of children, yet I was raised to respect other people, and with no question, respect your elders! When I did step out of line with disrespect towards others I was disciplined, as I should have been!

However, in a day and age where “disciplining” a child is perceived as “abuse”, it is quite possible that the parents of these teenagers will see nothing wrong with their actions. It very well may be the case that the parents will defend their children’s  right  to “free speech”, rather than disciplining them appropriately. I hope this is not the case, but society has taught me not to expect any differently.

** Update:  **
In an interview this morning on Good Morning America, Robert Helm, the father of one of the boys has responded, saying:

“My heart broke. I couldn’t believe my son could treat another human being like that.”

He goes on to say that his son “now knows he was wrong”, saying it was a “stupid mistake” and that his son is “paying for it”, and believes his son’s image out all over the internet is punishment enough.  Mr. Helm’s son did not know that this kind of behavior was wrong before? He now realizes it? Just as I expected, it doesn’t seem as though there will be any real discipline delivered to this boy. Though he is not saying it is OK what his son has done, Mr. Helm said he believes having it aired on the internet for the entire world to see is punishment enough. You have got to be kidding me! These kids posted the video themselves! This was not punishment, they were reveling in their vileness!

Unfortunately, the family has received death threats, as the family’s information was put out online. While I do not agree with the death threats, this man is not doing his son any favors by thinking this is “punishment enough”!

Proverbs 13:24 is very clear:

“Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”

America was founded on Biblical truth, yet in today’s America, we have forgotten the cornerstone of truth. We no longer live our day-to-day lives on these Truths, but rather reject the Bible for “politically correct” parenting. In today’s society, to spank a child is, in many places, actually against the law. Discipline is not “politically correct”.  Instead, so often the child is allowed to get his or her own way, and the parent tries to be a “friend” rather than a parent. The end result? Karen Klein is the recipient of the end result of modern parenting in America.  Can we really expect anything different?

Thankfully, the story doesn’t end here. Again, quoting the DailyDot:

But the viral video wasn’t the end of the story. The Internet rallied around Klein, and within 24 hours had raised more than $150,000 for her.

Again, I ask the question… What do we expect, America? If you are not taught to respect your elders, and that there are consequences for your actions, what do we expect? Many of the youth today are simply a product of politically correct parenting.

However, we do have hope in our future, as represented here by a very young group of Marines. The actual video has been removed by the person who posted it, but this is a screenshot of those young men:

God bless these young men, and all who have supported Karen Klein! I hope she enjoys her vacation of a lifetime! She most certainly deserves it!

i-dosing: The New High

As if parent do not have enough to worry about on the internet, there’s a new danger: iDosing, and it’s completely legal.

So what is “i-dosing? It’s websites that play music, but it’s not music. The “music” that is played from these websites are “different frequencies that promises to deliver an effect much like opium, cocaine, or marijuana.”

The real danger, according to doctors, is that teens may want to end up trying drugs for real after trying the websites.

i-dosing is such a new “drug” that no real studies have been done on its side effect.  However, according to brain imaging experts, sonic drugs do change the brain, the experts just do not know how much.`

The Reality Of The Situation In This Country

It appears that we have hit a new low in America. I just read an article via The Blaze that says according to the search engine results over the last couple of days, teenagers do not know who Osama Bin Laden is. I wish I could say this surprises me, but it doesn’t.

I remember in the months before the 2010 mid-term elections there was a “man on the street” style interview with different people and the majority of them interviewed had no idea who anyone in politics was, outside of Barack Obama. There were even people who didn’t know who Joe Biden was.

However, you show them a picture of “The Situation”, and oh my goodness! They knew immediately who he was! In fact, if I remember correctly, one woman even talked about how “hot” he is.

Ironically, I had not a clue who “The Situation” is before that segment! I had to look it up and when I found out he is a reality show star I was appalled!

The reality of the situation in this country is very disturbing.

So the question comes down to this: Who do we have to blame?

The answer to this question is wide and varied, I’m sure.

Obviously, education starts at home. Unfortunately, too many parents see the TV as their babysitter, so from a very young age our children are sat in front of an electronic box spewing mostly garbage. And our children are soaking it up like a sponge!

As they get older they are usually allowed to watch things that children have no business watching. They are being educated alright, but they are being educated about things they shouldn’t know until much later. And though they may be watching TV, or being on the internet as they get a bit older, the thought of checking out the news is foreign to them.

Then there is the education system. They are too busy teaching our children about Earth Day, being “green”, that capitalism is “evil”, new math which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, and all the other various junk that they have no time for actual education of facts. Therefore, discussing news and world events that are actually relevant are ignored, all the while they shovel in the propaganda that is now classified as “news” but simply serves to further the leftist agenda.

And then there is our current administration. While I must say President Obama gave the best speech of his entire presidency Sunday night, he speaks out of both sides of his mouth. In January of 2009, President Obama said that it was “no longer necessary to kill Osama Bin Laden”. To his credit, he did say at that time that it would be his preference to “capture or kill him”, but it was no longer “necessary”.

Add in the fact that our President refuses to acknowledge that these are terrorists with ties to the Muslim religion, and up until very recently refused to even say it is terrorism, choosing rather to make it all sweet and mushy by  renaming  it “man-made disasters”. It is no wonder why most of this younger generation coming up has no clue what is going on and why killing Osama Bin Laden is news worthy all over the world!

The ever famous quote by poet and philosopher George Santayana should be a lesson to us. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

America, we have allowed our schools to be taken over by the leftist agenda. We have allowed a box to teach our children right from wrong, and the boxes right is more often than not our wrong! If this news story does not wake us up then I don’t know what will. What can we expect? We’ve become so complacent as a nation!

It has been not quite ten years ago that the attack of September 11 happened. Yes, in respect to capturing and killing the man who orchestrated these attacks, 10 years is a very long time for him to be free. However, ten years is nothing in the scope of history. If our kids do not know current history, how in the world do we expect them to know the history of this great nation?

We are indeed doomed to repeat our past if we do not take this seriously immediately and make the necessary changes to prevent this from happening! While there are many bright and beautiful things in our nation’s past, there are also some very dark times as well. Unfortunately, it appears as though we will more than likely repeat the darkest part of our past if things don’t make some drastic changes fast!

America, it’s time to wake up! I don’t know how many more warnings we are going to get!

Thanks to the Recession, Teens Learn to Manage Money

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A new study from Junior Achievement andThe Allstate Foundation shows that 81 percent of teens say the recession has motivated them to learn more about managing their money and parents are their number-one resource for financial planning, yet less than half of teens say they have discussed money management with their family.

“Much like the ‘birds and bees’ talk from previous eras, money management has become the topic that today’s teenagers desperately need to learn from their parents,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA™. “But, and also like the birds and bees, many of today’s parents may not feel up to the task of educating their children about money matters, so they hope their children learn what they need to know in other ways.”

Tougher economic conditions have pushed teens to make money management a higher priority than in the past. Nearly 90 percent of teens plan to save more and 78 percent will spend less in the wake of the recessive economy.

To help kick-start a family conversation about money management at home, Junior Achievement, in collaboration with The Allstate Foundation, recently launched a series of free online lessons that empower youth to own their future economic success. The online lessons, the first resource of its kind from Junior Achievement, engage kids in an online space to learn about money in a fun and entertaining way.

“It’s more important than ever to invest in America’s youth to ensure their personal financial well-being and the continued growth of the economy,” said Matt Winter, president and CEO, Allstate Financial. “The Allstate Foundation and Junior Achievement are reinventing the way our children learn how to weather a tough economy and manage their financial futures in the real world.”

Junior Achievement’s online and in-classroom curricula teach age-appropriate concepts around spending, sharing and saving money. Elementary students learn about taking responsibility for financial decisions, how to make those choices based on prioritizing needs and wants, and then develop a plan for spending and saving. Middle school students learn to take income into account to create a personal spending and savings plan that uses different payment methods, including credit. High school students build on these lessons and apply them to real life scenarios such as buying a car and paying for college.

Other key findings from the poll include:

  • 81 percent of teens surveyed say K-12 is the best time to learn money management.
  • Nearly 50 percent of teens are unsure of how to use a credit card effectively, yet 24 percent think high school or younger is when they should get their first credit card.
  • 73 percent of teens use a savings account, checking account, debit card or credit card, compared to 66 percent in 2009.
  • 89 percent of teens say they will be as financially well off as their parents.