Letter to the Editor: Respect
BY John B. McKinney, Broken Arrow
Friday, February 01, 2013
2/01/13 at 7:13 AM
Recent events, both locally and nationally, have unfortunately displayed a frightening trend in our country: Young people, without consideration for human life, continue to violently attack parents, teachers, siblings, children and others. Often there is little explanation as to why.
There are a myriad of reasons events like this have become commonplace in our society. In retrospect, one can see the breakdown of the family unit, leaving young people without the benefit of two parents for guidance. Also, teachers today are limited to the amount of influence they can have on students. Dr. Spock and his questionable recommendations influenced many parents in the raising of their children. Without a military draft system, young men are no longer required to go through boot camp and serve their country. Boot camp was an excellent tool to correct the misplaced attitude of a draftee.
Many parents today are more interested in being the child's friend than they are in being the child's parent. Also, Hollywood must take some responsibility for what's happening. Movies have become more violent over time and movies have an impact on young minds. Violent offenders mention that they got the idea from a movie.
After watching what's going on around them, it's easy to understand why many of our young people become confused regarding right and wrong. Consequently, we are raising generation after generation without character, morals, ethics and respect for others.
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