I saw this last night and like to crapped myself. Lately, with the myspace beating, and other such incidents, there has been a lot of talk about discipline and today's youth. No one wants to say we are failing, but after I watched the news last night and saw this story, I gotta say, WE ARE IN FOR AN EPIC FAIL!
A seven year old boy from Palm Beach Gardens was angry with his mother about something, and to "get back" at her, he waited till his grandmother was in another room doing something, and took the grandmothers keys and went for a joyride! How the heck are you mad at your mom, and take grand mom's car?!? WTF?? He goes all over, running over mail boxes, swiping cars at a local Costco. hitting signs, until he finally crashes the suv! The car is totalled, the kid is fine. When you go watch the video, listen to the boy and look at his face when he says, "It's fun to do bad things." There's no remorse, no apology, he looks like he can't wait to go do it again! I feel for the Grandmother. She says, "If I didn't think they'd take me to jail, I'd whup his behind!", and that's where the problem lies. These kids know they can't be punished. At school they are taught that they can tell a teacher that they have been spanked and the cops will take away mommy or daddy to jail. They know that just the slightest hint of any physical discipline, and they can make life a nightmare for their parents. Hell, my 4 year old niece once told her daddy, "I'm gonna tell Nana you spanked me so she can send you to jail!" WTF does that accomplish? How does tying your hands as a parent make the world a better place?? It doesn't. It makes 7 year old's who think they can joyride and hurt others. It makes teens who think it's cool to beat the crap out of someone and video tape it for posting on YouTube. It makes the problems we have today with our youth. Now I am not talking beatings, I'm just saying a swat on the rear when they are young may help cure some of the problems we may have later. I was better for it, and I know my kids are better for it.
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