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Beaten Teen & Dr. King: Mom Talk

What would Dr. Martin Luther King say about the six youths who brutally ganged up on another guy? Are parents to blame?

While much of the country was getting ready to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, a group of hoodlums jumped a 17-year-old boy in a Chicago. They called him the N-word and Asian slurs. Someone recorded Sunday's 3-minute attack, then posted it on YouTube.

This is bullying to the extreme. I can't help but ask myself "where are the parents in all this?"

First of all, we don't know yet how old these thugs are. Still, that doesn't seem to sway my opinion if they are 16 or legally adults.

Where did they learn that it was OK to call people racial slurs? Where did they learn it was OK to hit defenseless people in the face with shoes, knees and chunks of ice?

Maybe the parents didn't outright teach these things to their sons. Yet, they aren't off the hook, either. We have a responsibility to teach our children, among other things, basic decency.

Sure, there comes a point when we are no longer culpable for our children. Still, if your teens do this, moms, you blew it.

Society is getting more and more violent. Perpetrators are younger and younger. Unlike ever before, we have to pay close attention so our kids don't become assailants or victims.

As I've written before, TV and are a huge contributor to social violence. If you have in your house, you are fooling yourself.

Children aren't born hating. They are very loving, trusting little beings. Violence is learned.

Dr. King's legacy for peace has had tremendous impact in our society and around the world. Then again, in some ways, we haven't come very far at all.

Long Dong Duck January 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Edward Andrysiak 12:39 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2012 "I thought one had to speak ENGISH in order to become a citizen!!!!" I think one should learn to spell ENGLISH before busting someones "chops"
Spencer D. Smith January 19, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Edward, speaking/reading/writing English is not a requirement of citizenship, whether you agree or disagree. If it were, many people (including yourself, considering your poor spelling and grammar) would not be considered citizens.
Andre Salles January 19, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I've deleted a couple of comments for vulgar language. Please keep it clean, folks.
Spencer D. Smith January 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
If we want to turn these kids (and that is what they all are, even the oldest among them) into life-long criminals, then we should certainly try them as adults so that they may enter gain their bachelor's degree in crime after graduating juvenile lockup. A better solution would be court enforced therapy, community service, and victim recompense. Throughout this process of rehabilitation, evaluations should me made at set intervals to insure milestones are set in both treatment and service. This would not only help all parties involved, but in the long run would help society for a number of reasons. One, it would be cheaper. It is far cheaper to truly rehabilitate than it is to incarcerate. Two, ideally in the not so distant future, all of these kids who did such terrible things could perhaps be decent members of our society, paying their own way instead of living on the system.
Ethan Klabunde January 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Most definitely

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