Damn teenagers ruin everything … mmmmmmm

9 12 2009

I couldn’t help but chuckle at this letter that appeared in a local newspaper earlier this week.
According to the letter writer, teenagers are the new terrorists because they wear dark hoodies and are therefore responsible for every fire and break-in that takes place around town.
If there’s a wider brush that can be found to paint an entire sub-group of people, I’d like to see it.
Equally as amusing was this response that appeared in the same newspaper. However, this author’s point is well-taken.
Unfortunately, the author first mentioned in this post probably sums up the exact attitude many local residents share when it comes to the younger generation, and is exactly the reason why our young people can’t wait to get the hell out of Dodge once they graduate high school.
Granted, there are bad seeds in any bunch, but many of those bad seeds under the age of 18 are more than likely the products of crappy homes led by negligent parents.
I have a son who is merely seven months from officially being one of those teenagers. You know how he spent part of his snow day today? Helping a local business owner clear the sidewalk in front of their store.
As he grows older and is well into his teen years, I really hate the fact that there are people around here who will look at him an automatically assume that he’s up to no good.
It really irks me that some ignorant old fart would write a letter making assumptions just because he doesn’t like the way people a lot younger than him look. Hey idiot, you were a teenager, too.
And like everyone going through their teen years, you were probably a jackass, too. Maybe in a different fashion, but a jackass nonetheless.
I was one in my teen years. And, to anyone who actually reads this, admit it, you were, too.
At the same time, it doesn’t mean every person between the ages of 13 and 19 is hell-bent on ruining the community they live in.
In fact, it’s ignorant geezers like the original letter writer who are ruining our area, becuase that type of outlook is exactly what chases our young people, the future of our community, away, sometimes for good.
We can’t afford to let that happen.

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2 responses

10 12 2009
LindyLou

I have had to deal with the destructive, rude teenagers and I have been blessed to have kind, thoughtful teens in my life. I sympathize with teens who feel discriminated against because of their age, and because of the actions of a few. However, I have noticed that the majority of teens, when meeting an adult on the street, simply refuse to acknowledge that person. Teens, if you want to gain respect, or simply shock an adult to near death – smile and maybe even say hello when walking by an adult. Adults, say hi to the teens even if they don’t respond at first. Once you start communicating with someone you usually find out they are not as bad as your unfounded fears.

11 12 2009
sticTetty

Lots of guys blog about this matter but you said some true words!!

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