Thursday, March 01, 2007

Who are the real Jackass'

Sadly, this is what things are coming to in order to teach lessons to kids of pre-teen age.

Spankings lead to sex charges against Ore. boys

Boys were running around smacking our older daughter on the behind and she was doing the same. She was reprimanded for this big time with me telling her that it is inappropriate in the halls of the school and that it can be construed as sexual harrassment. It took me about a week to get it through her head that her actions needed to stop immediately.

I was none too pleased with her behavior. There was no more of this going on for awhile until one day she came home quite upset. This was maybe a year or so later. Apparently there was a boy at school who wouldn't leave his hands off of her...smacking her rear. I told her that because her behavior was similar to this the year before, the boys figured that now it was ok to hurt her. And they weren't love taps, they were leaving her stinging.

I told her to tell them they either stop hitting her or I will call the principal and take care of this. No kid wants mom defending them so the next day, she came home and reported that she took care of the problem. She screamed at the boy who did it and told him if he didn't stop she was going to press sexual harrassment charges against him. And to this day, there hasn't been a problem. She has learned a lesson and one that I can proudly pat her on the back for. She is not afraid to defend herself these days and is one tough cookie.

However, if I would have handled how this father handled it, what would the outcome have been? This father's comments on his son's behavior are part of a big problem in this world with kids...

Parents of the two boys said officials overreacted. They said they were aware of nothing more serious than a dance move in which bottoms are swatted. The father of the 12-year-old boy said students have been engaging in the so-called "party boy dance," popularized in the movie "Jackass," for several months.

"Everyone does it to each other, that's what I'm gathering," he said. "They're all friends. I don't think anything was done maliciously or in a sexual way."

And as usual, the responsibility lies not with the parents but once again with Jackass, the movie.

I think the jackass' in this situation are the parents for:

1) condoning the boys behavior and ignoring the fact that these children are completely ignoring the discipline of the school officials,

2) allowing the children to watch this movie in the first place.

But who am I....just some concerned parent.

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