We have all been inundated by the in-your-face-reports on the Jet Blue Flight Attendant who lost it when a rude passenger hit him on the head and failed to apologize. This story speaks to the decline of our society on so many levels.
First, we all deal with rude people on a day to day basis. Normally, we either ignore the abuse or we say something to the rude person and walk away. Today, people are resorting to violence. How many people have died in the past year thanks to disgruntled co-workers?
Second, rude people need a wake up call. Walking away from rude behavior is a mistake. Rude people need to hear that they are rude. Point out the behavior and it will most likely stop. Life is too short to be mistreated by anyone.
Third, Steven Slater did not have a "little meltdown", it was a major meltdown that resulted in a criminal act. Someone could have been seriously injured or killed at the moment he hurled the door open and deployed the slide.
Fourth, mainstream media and thousands of fed up Americans are making this guy out to be a hero!!! How exactly did that happen?
Fifth, prosecutors will not throw the book at him for his reckless actions because they do not want the press that this case would bring!!!!!
Sixth, this guy went from obscurity to fame in a matter of seconds. Now, he'll be all over reality TV. Only in America.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
The Early Show reported yesterday on a recent study that finds that 80% of bullying is witnessed!!!!! What's worse is that only 10% of the witnesses report the bullying!!!! Teachers and parents, teach your children that reporting a crime such as bullying is not tattling!!! The bullies are using the word "tattletale" to control our kids!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
It is always shocking to hear that another young person has taken his or her life as a result of bullying. It is so senseless. Especially, when the bullying was common knowledge and the parents and school administrators were aware of it.
Phoebe Prince, a beautiful, 15 year old girl took her own life as a result of her anguish over the chronic bullying she received at her South Hadley High School in Massachusetts. I am glad to see that a District Attorney is holding the school administrators accountable. Personally, I think they should be criminally charged along with the 12 bullies they, in effect, helped to end this lovely girl's life. Shame on them! Shame!
Friday, March 12, 2010
McKay Hatch, a very brave and intelligent sixteen year old takes on the bullies by trying to get the Senate to pass a no cussing bill for American schools. It was passed by Congress, but set aside by the Senate.
I agree with McKay that the U.S. Senate's action, or inaction as it were, is a Victory for millions of bullies. By not passing the bill, the Senate has condoned bullying. This mirrors what happens each and every day at our schools when administrators do little or nothing to stop bullying.
According to a 2 year study out of Louisiana, bullying decreased when cussing was disallowed at a Louisiana school.
You can visit McKay Hatch's website and read about or join his national campaign @ NoCussing.com
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I just heard the shocking news that there have been 77 teen deaths in the first 3 months of this year! That is very alarming considering that just over 500 teens died after huffing over the last 5 years according to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition.
I just taught at SMART START class to a sixth grade class last Friday dealing with the dangers of inhaling or huffing poisonous substances. I cannot emphasize enough the dangers of huffing. One in three first time abusers drops dead. I tell kids, your first huff, may well be your last breath. I am deeply saddened by this ABC report.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I could not believe my ears when HLN reported last Monday that bullying is on the decline. What?According to HLN, reports of physical bullying among children fell from 22% in 2003 to 15% in 2008. Now, I am no expert, but I take serious issue with this study.
First of all, most bullying incidents never get reported. The majority of bully victims suffer in silence. Secondly, physical bullying is just one facet of bullying. The girls are the worst kind of bullies and I'd wager there are a lot more girl bullies than boy bullies. Girls today are just plain mean. They bully in ways that go undetected by the adults around them, especially their parents who will deny their darling little angel would ever say a disparaging word to another child. Give me a break!
So, I say to this HLN report, HOGWASH! For the very day of the report, I received a phone call from a mom in tears over her daughter's distress and anxiety due to 2 girls who had been repeatedly bullying her at school. Two days prior to this report, a friend informed me that her son was bullied at Track and Field practice which is run by a Christian Youth Organization!!! Shameful!
HLN, why don't you put your focus on the fact that 1 in 4 children are bullied every single day in this country???? Let's put that out there and put a stop to it now.
I was stunned as I watched a NASCAR driver purposely cause the car in front of him to flip off the track on Sunday. It was reported that he showed no remorse and indicated that it was pay back. Really????? Have we stooped so low as adults that we need to exact revenge on our tormentors?File a complaint, call the police, get legal retribution, but don't risk your life and the lives of innocent fans.
This blatant act was attempted murder. Hello! Both of these drivers should be thrown behind bars for attempting to murder each other on the track and on national television no less. I am completely disgusted by this attitude and both men should be ashamed of themselves! What's more, it appears that NASCAR encourages such reckless behavior. Why? For the almighty dollar. Sickening!!! Shame!!! Shame!!!! Shame!!!!