In My Opinion
Why Those Bully Boys Should Spend a Night in Jail
Over the last few days, I've been watching the horrific reports of a 68 year old grandmother who was taunted by a bunch of foul mouthed boys who thought it would be funny to poke, prod and insult her on their way home from school. As they continued to harass her, they eventually caused the poor woman to cry. One can only imagine what these boys are like with kids their own age who they don't particularly care for. And worse still, who in their right mind ever told these boys that it was okay to taunt an adult?
I have to say, seeing that video made me sick and the fact that there are kids all over our country who have no regard for authority, really makes me sad. Every day when I commute to work, I see teenagers wearing pants that sag to their knees and I want to run after them and yell at them to pull them up. I'm sure in every generation there's always a contingent of bad seeds who blatantly disregard authority, but my question is - why does this happen? Is it their parents who are asleep at the switch? Is it the slew of reality TV shows that celebrate bad behavior on a regular basis? Or is it the fact that it's just so easy to be mean these days? You can hide behind Facebook and text messaging and hurl as many insults you'd like at an unsuspecting victim. Does that make it okay to be an awful person? I say no it does not.
In the case of the boys on the bus, they weren't texting - instead they were bullying the old fashioned way - insulting a poor defenseless woman because they knew that no one was going to reprimand them for their awful behavior. Little did they know that everything they said and did was recorded on video. As a result, they will never live down the fact that their actions were truly reprehensible. Though they didn't physically injure the woman, their words pierced through her like knife wounds and left a lasting impression she will never ever forget.
I really wonder what kind of punishment the boys will receive for their actions. Personally, I'd love to see them spend a night in jail where maybe, just maybe, they'll be scared straight. While two of the boys have already attempted to apologize, it's still not enough. According to news reports, the boys have received death threats and can't leave their homes without being trailed by media. I truly hope they feel remorse for what they've done and will make an effort to live the rest of their lives respecting those around them. Let this video be a wake up call to all parents who think their kids are angels or defend their children when they insult children or adults. Bullying in any form is completely unacceptable and thanks to a 68 year old grandmother, we now know that a great majority of our nation feels the same way.