Gut Rumbles

October 08, 2005

times have changed

When I was a boy, kids handled conflicts through fisticuffs and wrestling around like a couple of fools on the ground. Even in high school, the challenge of "meet me in the parking lot after school" meant a good tussle with lots of witnesses to watch the show, but knives and firearms never were involved.

About the worst thing that ever happened was somebody grabbed you in a headlock and slammed you head-first into a tree or a parked car. Both fighters usually had bruises and abrasions the next day, but nobody got killed.

Those rules don't apply anymore. I am sick and tired of reading stories such as this one. Getting into a fight is one thing. Stabbing somebody to death over a fucking rubber ball is something else.

But that crap happens all the time anymore.

When Quinton was having trouble with a bully at school, I started teaching him how to fight. I told him to stand up to that prick and punch him square in the nose. Jennifer went ballistic. I was asking for SERIOUS trouble if I taught Quinton to fight.

Not only do the schools all have ridiculous "zero-tolerance" policies about fighting, but some of those thugs in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will kill someone if they feel "dissed." Jennifer is 13 years younger than I am. She saw things I never saw in school.

Of course, when I went to school, most kids had both a mama and a daddy living together at home. Times certainly have changed since then. Now, we're raising far too many savages, usually in one-parent homes.

Of course, that's just MY humble opinion. I am certain that "Shanice" felt perfectly justified in what she did. Killing a friend when you're nine years old isn't that big a deal anymore.


Ain't that the truth. I went to an all boy high school and look back fondly on the feeling you had in your stomach knowing you were going to settle something after school. Of course at the time...

Posted by: MM on October 8, 2005 10:37 AM

You know, Rob, I'm 25 and grew up out in the country. How it was done in your day was how it was done in my day. Well, close. The worst I ever got wind of was a fellow bashing another guy's face into the pavement over and over again. Left him quite a mess for a spell.

It ain't the times, it's the environment. Kids had a mom and dad. Spanking was a perfectly accepted method of child management. Boys were boys, and girls were girls.

Why is the more 'progressive' and opened minded a society gets the more its members act like savages? It seems counter intuitive... but that's what the data shows. Nobody wants to admit it though.

Except you... and me... and a few others.

Time to roll back the clock before we have to hti that giant bloddy 'reset' button on society.

Posted by: Justin Buist on October 8, 2005 10:43 AM

The local high school here is known for its violence and awful teachers. It's literally like the kind of hole they make crappy "new principal comes to town and turns the school around, converting the gang into choir boys!" movies about. To get control over it, kids have to wear clear (either plastic or mesh) backpacks, there are armed guards (with guns -- at a school), and there are metal detectors.

It wasn't like that when my dad went to school. What a difference a generation makes. They had some state-wide testing for schools, and in Jackson County, I believe this school (Moss Point High) got the lowest grade.

I think, boys will be boys, to an extent. But when weapons, gangs and drugs are involved, they need to resort to drastic measures to fix it. I don't mean zero tolerance for someone who brought damned nail clippers in to school, either.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on October 8, 2005 10:48 AM

of course, it happened in brooklyn. f*cking figures.

Posted by: you're surprised by this? on October 8, 2005 11:28 AM
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