I don’t know what the hell is going on down in Florida, but perhaps it’s time parents start acting like parents and taking control of their kids. The recent footage of multiple teens ganging up to perform a good old fashion but whooping on an unsuspecting female “friend”, is most certainly a cause for concern. Knocking the young victim out cold, then waiting for her to regain consciousness just to start whaling on her again… quite sickening indeed. Not to mention the premeditation involved, setting up a crude trap, luring Ms. Lindsay over and then preventing her escape after the beating commenced, all the while, a warning system was in place as two boys kept a lookout outside.
Of course it didn’t take long for the blame to shift from the obvious culprit, I mean aside from the teens themselves, but the parents should have to assume some responsibility here. Instead I am hearing more and more that free video sites such as YouTube and MySpace are taking the heat. Just as violence on TV was the big topic back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, free video sites have become the latest casualty of (what I consider to be) a foolish witch hunt.
Folks, the problem is not the internet, it’s not TV… it’s poor parenting, it’s poor education as well as a lack of moral substance. Lets face it, kids today simply don’t have the moral judgment that I had to learn early on in life. And if you don’t believe me, just go out to a restaurant, go to the grocery store, or the mall. More and more I see kids (albeit young kids, but that’s where the process starts) acting like maniacs, screaming, running all over the place, hitting on their siblings, their friends or even their own parents! And of course the parents do nothing at all. They either smile and try to shrug it off, ignore it all together or sometimes I will see them offer a quick (yet ineffective) reprimand in the form of a “Hush!” or “settle down!” or my personal favorite: “when we get home you are going to time out!” – non of which works in least to curb bad behavior.
I have nothing but the utmost sympathy for poor Victoria Lindsay and her parents. And I sincerely hope to see her attackers punished to the fullest extent of the law, but even more so, I would like to see the parents of Lindsay’s attackers forced to answer for the actions of their children. Although I doubt it will do much good since they already have their Scapegoat, their Red Herring that is quickly becoming the acceptable answer for their lack of parenting skills. After all, if it’s not the job of YouTube and MySpace to control our kids, then I guess all hope is lost, because parents these days don’t seem to be up to the task.