I believe we can and should do more to protect our children. Love must be a very hard task. It seems being thoughtless and creating evil is far easier that to love one another. Having suffered many times being a romantic, while believing that love is the strongest force, I too have been exploited by those I chose to love.
The recent death of another loving angel has me motivated to act. This young girl was naïve and given to love. Those she trusted however did not know how to love. What is the problem? We are losing too many angles of love to inconsiderate behaviors and cruel taunting.
As a substitute teacher working with thousands of our youth in two districts monthly, I am seeing too many instances of poor behavior. On any given day I can point out three or four students I believe are at risk of serious emotional damage. I believe we can and should do more to change how students interact. I have a new personal plan to begin to change this. When our youth think because someone is over weight, looks different, or acts different they should be tortured emotionally day after day, society has a deep problem. I being a, happy go lucky personality, have been the recipient of weakness many people chose to exploit. I have lived through this. Today, I am tired of those who felt stronger and wiser using me as their humorous scapegoat. I will be watching and reporting these rude behaviors so parents and administrators can view the ruthless behaviors many deem acceptable. Hoping that change will happen when the light is shone on this problem.
Parents it is your duty to know what your children are going through. I am dismayed that Amanda Todd’s parents moved her several times yet did not address the issue. Instead they chose to leave it in the hands of a counselor. The counselor did not act on the messages of hurt and report it to the parents that were paying for the counseling services. This life could have been saved. The child was given prescription drugs. The prescription drugs were used to call for help, by overdose. Still this child was alone and no one heard her. Amanda even went as far as to post her problem on Face book. The message is clear enough, typos and all. Did she not have one supporting friend to help her and stand up to say I love you?
Parents talk with your children now. Ask them if they are experiencing any problems. Ask your students if they use others to joke and tease. Talk to them about how to act when they see others behaving in a bad manner. We have got to care about our children within our direct community!
Tyler Clementi is another angel, at eighteen years old; a Rutgers University student who committed suicide after a supposed friend posted his encounter online.
The student that committed the act shall remain nameless. The perpetrator has been prosecuted for his act and now says; he understands why it was wrong. I guess his moral conscience was never engaged before this act cost our society another loving angel. Tyler you are an angel.
Our youth should be allowed to experience life without being made to feel like dirt. Cruel homophobic acts are a result of intolerance. Children do not inherently hate. They are taught to hate. Parents talk about hatred in front of their children. Teaching bias, prejudice, and intolerance. They can’t play with so and so because they have a substandard family. The very people that might make incredible change in our world are dying. Call it bleeding heart liberal if you so choose, I am not willing to tolerate cruelty as a human instinct anymore. Death and destruction are a result of insensitive and uncaring individuals.
War among neighbors in foreign countries, have cost our society enough. Housing has been destroyed, food sources contaminated, and children maimed for life. Is this the civilized world we attempt to build? Only the strong survive? Is your family member strong enough to survive? What will you do to find out? Where are the mothers that rock these children? Have they been killed by war and famine?
American citizens if you truly think you are a good soul then do the right thing about your community ills. Hording money, and closing your senses to the ills around you are making all of us ill. Open your eyes and use your words to stop the anger, the war, the withholding of basic human needs. Every human has three basic needs, Good food, clothing and shelter. If you have these needs met you are very fortunate. Others possibly more deserving than you do not have them met.
Open and free the world. A civilized world cares about every human. No child should be left behind. Let the old ways die so the new world can spring forth. Students, who have endured years of ill treatment by peers, teachers, and administrators, cause perhaps even their own parents cause many of these violent acts. The very people entrusted to protect our youth are failing. I believe we can and should do more to protect our youth.