Unless you have had your head stuck in a toilet the past few days, you’ve probably heard about the elderly bus monitor who was horribly bullied by a bunch of teenaged hooligans and the video that has gone viral.
The video has served to enrage the public in general. If you don’t want to feel some measure of enragement, don’t watch it. I wasn’t going to, but it’s been in the media so much that I finally caved. I couldn’t watch the whole thing though.
The response to this video has garnered as much news coverage as the video itself. According to the last news release I saw, the fund set up to collect vacation donations for the lady had hit around half a million dollars. Clearly a nerve, or rather, countless nerves have been struck.
Another news report stated that the identity of a few of the hooligans had been leaked. They have gotten numerous death threats and are now at the receiving end of a society-wide bullying session. Somehow this horrifies me as well.
They are children. Children learn how to be bullies from others. Parents and adults in their lives have a responsibility to teach them how to treat others with respect and dignity. Yes, they are teens who have treated someone horribly. They should be disciplined. They should face consequences that lead to learning better behaviors and attitudes. Instead, they are being taught that when they screw up (and have they ever screwed up), the world will turn on them.
And what have we learned? Throw money at people to make them feel better (not that she shouldn’t be compensated somehow). Throw insults and threats at young people who screw up.
Clearly we are working together to build a better tomorrow.