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It’s an age-old question, but a hopelessly quaint one: What’s the matter with kids today?

Historically, the answer has been: not quite as much as adults think. It used to be that the question was an overreaction – to hair length, to Elvis’ hips and such.

Today, however, it’s a very good question with an extremely urgent and vexing answer: plenty.

Just a couple of recent examples:

Two 12-year-old boys in New York Sunday dropped a shopping cart four stories onto a woman – just for fun. She likely would’ve died, if not for a doctor who happened to be nearby. As it is, she was in a medically-induced coma early this week.

The woman, identified as Marion Salmon Hedges, was out with her 14-year-old son buying Halloween candy for underprivileged children.

The New York Post reports that the two young suspects were laughing and joking as they were led away by police.

Closer to home – literally – a gang of teens and an 11-year-old were in custody after a home invasion Sunday in Grovetown in which a woman was forced to the floor at gunpoint. Only the sound of a man upstairs – reportedly locking and loading a gun – inspired the assailants to flee without further mayhem or injury.

Thank goodness the resident was armed. Unfortunately, no weapons can protect one from falling objects.

And how utterly perverted that the shopping cart in New York managed to find someone on a humanitarian mission.

In Aiken, S.C., a 10-year-old trick-or-treater – playfully threatened with having his candy taken – brandished a 9-mm handgun at the teaser. He had the ammunition on his person at the time. Unbelievable.

In Florida, reports say a 9-year-old girl recently threw a four-felony tantrum that included spitting on a school bus driver, throwing rocks at the bus and tossing a patio chair at a law enforcement officer and threatening, in profane terms, to kill him. Unbelievable.

In Columbia County, two Greenbrier students have been arrested this week in an alleged plot to kill a classmate. Unbelievable.

So back to the question: What’s the matter with kids today?

The answer: with the vast majority, not a thing. But with the few, there is seemingly more wrong than ever before. There have always been wayward youths, but there’s a sociopathic edge present today that is more pronounced and widespread than we ever remember. When 12-year-olds are dropping heavy objects on innocent passersby for sport and 11-year-olds are participating in home invasions, at least one of society’s wheels is completely off the rails.

Home invasions are a particularly alarming incarnation of evil – even when there’s an acquaintanceship, as there apparently was in the Grovetown case. Since this country’s founding, it’s been an American birthright to be secure in one’s home. Increasingly, that sacred line is being erased by a growingly brazen and amoral criminal class.

One has to suspect it’s all due to a great convergence of some not-so-great influences: absent and awful reproductive vessels parading as parents; an anything-goes culture that not only eschews moral values but mocks them; omnipresent entertainment media that have no core principles; the God of life being replaced by the gods of materialism and indulgence; packs of self-absorbed youths who’ve been fed cartons of imitation self-esteem, and whom adults no longer feel empowered to correct. The list goes on.

As long as adults don’t hang together, they’ll hang separately.

Or have shopping carts dropped on them during the commission of a good deed.

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L.A. Sr
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L.A. Sr 11/03/11 - 12:02 am
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Very good article! I believe

Very good article! I believe that this growing problem is because there are not enough younger parents that can or will control their children. To many parents want to be their kids friends instead of theaching right from wrong, and imposing punishment for doing wrong. When that happens you have a break down in human conduct and this kind of awful stuff takes place.

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shrimp for breakfast 11/03/11 - 12:15 am
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I never thought I'd be so old

I never thought I'd be so old as to say, "What is wrong with today's kids?"
They're desensitized. When you have a video game that's called "Grand Theft Auto" and you get points for killing police officers I'd say there is a whole lot more wrong than bad parenting or no parenting.
Instead of gettting a paper route to earn money like kids of yesteryear these days many go into drug dealing.
It seems that besides cell phones the most functional piece of a teanagers equipment is a handgun. One they have no qualms about using to settle any sort of difference they may have with a friend or foe.
Respect for elders? None. They have indifference.
Respect for property? They don't recognize property ownership.
That plus much more multiplied by the fact they have the education of a third grader when you add their sense of entitlement you have today's youth. (not to mention they also have children)

Too much? I wouldn't pretend to say that's the kids of today because there are many very good respectful teenagers who are just like every other generation before them.
There is that element though and it seems to be growing every day. Babies having babies.
I don't know what the answer is.

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copperhead 11/03/11 - 01:54 am
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These poor poor poor

These poor poor poor children! ALL they need is love and understanding. Hugs and kisses will solve all their problems! REMEMBER- it's ALL about the children. Those poor poor misunderstood children. Hug a pistol-packing child today! Do your part. If you aren't part of the answer,you're the problem!

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 11/03/11 - 02:57 am
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Well said. Its been downhill

Well said. Its been downhill from the day schools started teaching we came from animals when science & direct observation has always proven earth too young for evolution to work even if it could.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/03/11 - 06:41 am
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Saddle up my dinosaur

Saddle up my dinosaur pardner.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/03/11 - 07:35 am
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Just wondering Crime Reports,

Just wondering Crime Reports, how old do you believe the Earth to be?

TParty
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TParty 11/03/11 - 07:52 am
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Whoa, let us not blame video

Whoa, let us not blame video games. I think ACES nailed it on the head with "absent and awful reproductive vessels parading as parents". That is problem right there. Even parents with the best intentions aren't around anymore because so many families need duel incomes to survive, or single parents needing multiple jobs to provide.

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wtinney 11/03/11 - 08:54 am
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First, there is this

First, there is this 1960s/1970s parental style that attempts to be "friends" and "buddies" with their children instead of actually being "parents". This also is associated with the inability to say "no" to children because many of these parents realize they're a tad selfish serving their own careers and leaving the bringing up of children to virtually happen all by itself. With two parents working full-time jobs in the average household in America - who's taking care of the children?

We have a Hollywood culture that says virtually everything is okay to do and actually also promotes teenage rebellion on many fronts: in terms of heterosexual relationships, homosexuality, sex awareness, abortion, use of condoms, etc. The cultural malaise we are experiencing brings about the behavior we now see in a large number of children in this country today. With adults acting like children from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. - I guess it is okay that children act like adults, right?

For all those out there that say all the values, beliefs, morals, don't matter or are some kind of individual valued idea, you reap what you sow. The cultural malaise touches everyone, everywhere. There is no way to separate the discussion of what is wrong with this country and its children from social concerns (for instance, today, all the idiots want to talk about is economic or fiscal issues).

This is a deserved phenomenon in looking at the average American (how they live, work, and what they believe). And it will get worse, period.

swcohen
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swcohen 11/03/11 - 09:01 am
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Here I am on the threshold of

Here I am on the threshold of my 6th decade, still childless. Looks like I made the right decision all those years ago.

Nothing against YOUR kids, may God bless them. Just never particularly wanted any of my own. Plus, I think that survival of our species is being covered.

W. C. Fields said it best: "Children are nice, if properly cooked."

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/03/11 - 10:20 am
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"Its been downhill from the

"Its been downhill from the day schools started teaching we came from animals"

There are many things that go into the "feralization" of our children but that ain't one of them. I was taught evolution in the 50s and I didn't drop any shopping carts on anyone. Lack of discipline is the biggest reason for this problem and couple that with the "I'm okay, your okay", "everybody gets a trophy", and "nobody fails" education system and we have been cultivating this crop for 30 or 40 years. The fact is that there is no punishment in the system for wrongdoing and the kids know this. You've seen the "No Fear" logo on the back windows of their cars. They mean that literally. There is no meaningful punishment at home, none at all in schools, and wrist slaps in the courts. The "no spanking" and "free to express themselves" purveyors were wrong and we now see the results in the headlines every day. A little fear is a great motivator to do right.

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harley_52 11/03/11 - 10:39 am
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Dichotomy has nailed it.

Dichotomy has nailed it.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/03/11 - 10:46 am
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Aww come on! Haven't ya'll

Aww come on! Haven't ya'll learned yet that everybody makes mistakes and these kids should be given a pass? Get with it!!

harley_52
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harley_52 11/03/11 - 10:48 am
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On second thought, Dichotomy

On second thought, Dichotomy almost nailed it. :)

He could have added that this lack of fear we've taught and the lack of personal responsibility exhibited by our children is (as are most of our ills) one of the unintended consequences of liberalism.

The fall of the family.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/03/11 - 10:52 am
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You're absolutely correct

You're absolutely correct Harley!

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/03/11 - 10:54 am
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Very good post dichotomy! I

Very good post dichotomy! I wish I had written it!

harley_52
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harley_52 11/03/11 - 11:41 am
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I'll throw two more on the

I'll throw two more on the stack of liberalism related causes negatively impacting society today.....

The feminization of men.

The masculinization of women.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 11/03/11 - 11:44 am
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Everyone has slightly good

Everyone has slightly good reasons on this, but it goes down to the lack of structure to teach children to be responsible people. Ethics is no longer taught in school, as well as, no manners, no way for them show how to use commons sense, even in their school work and, lastly, no skills to make them disciplined indivduals once they are out of high school. Years ago, you had life skills once you were out of high school (ie, how to balance a check book, how to take a temperture, if you wanted to be a nurse, how to cook (home economics); basically, how to be a responsible, self-sufficient, morally ethical human being.) Since the loss of this knowledge, the outcome is the current crop of apathetic human beings, who just want what ever they want to make them happy. Is it the liberials fault, or the conservatives fault? To me, it is neither group's fault; somewhere when budgets for schools were cut and other things were left out, these skills were not passed along to the children and, now, we are paying the price for it with the current crop of youths. It can be fixed, but the question is, is there enough time, money, and patience to do it?

(No, I am not suggesting money be thrown at the problem, but if certain things need to be taught, it will require money in the school budget that will be dedicated to help children grown into civil moral adults.)

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 11/03/11 - 11:53 am
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Harley 52: I'll throw two

Harley 52: I'll throw two more on the stack of liberalism related causes negatively impacting society today.....
The feminization of men.
The masculinization of women.

WOW, really Harley, does my wife need to stay home, barefoot and pregnant, while I bring home the bacon and watch TV when I get home to make sure the world doesn't go crazy? That is a very barbaric comment. If my wife got a raise equal to my pay, I'd gladly stay home and do household duties; is that wrongly, feminitely liberial of me, or just good common sense to keep order around our home? Why can't men do what the old housewives of the 40's and 50's did, if their wife was earning enough to cover the household? Would that take away their masculinity?

harley_52
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harley_52 11/03/11 - 12:04 pm
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onlysane1left, every issue

onlysane1left, every issue you address can be laid directly on the doorstep of liberalism.

No instruction on morals/ethics "don't be so judgemental."

No instruction on home economics "who said a woman's place was in the kitchen?"

Liberalism has brought us a public education system that is the most expensive and least effective in the world. Our students get money showered on them, but can't compete with some third world countries students. They can't take care of themselves, many can't read or write, they have no mechanical skills, they can't cook, they can't sew, and with all of these shortcomings they graduate from college deeply in debt for their degree in Underwater Basketweaving.

Nothing is produced by those from whom nothing was expected or demanded.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/03/11 - 12:09 pm
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But is it (rise in youth

But is it (rise in youth misbehavior) statistically true or is it a rise in self-directed selective data sampling by adults?

Vito45
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Vito45 11/03/11 - 12:24 pm
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It isn"t the schools imo, it

It isn"t the schools imo, it is the destruction of the family unit. There are a variety of reasons for that, including the welfare state which perpetuates illegitimacy and children having children, liberalthink that single parents can do as good as married couples at raising children, letting daycares do most of the parenting in their formative years, and so on. Entitlement attitudes that someone else is responsible, etc. The lsit goes on, but it boils down to irresponsible parenting, whatever the cause.

Edited to add: I will go one step further; to a large degree it is MEN at fault, not stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility for their b****** babies.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/03/11 - 12:19 pm
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"But is it (rise in youth

"But is it (rise in youth misbehavior) statistically true or is it a rise in self-directed selective data sampling by adults."

School shootings, 11 yo's in home invasions, HOME INVASIONS, period; young teens committing murder, classroom chaos, carjackings.

Come on! That crap didn't occur 50 years ago; you are better than that!

harley_52
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harley_52 11/03/11 - 12:26 pm
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Vito45 said "The lisit goes

Vito45 said "The lisit goes on, but it boils down to irresponsible parenting, whatever the cause."

That's the point, Vito. What's involved is Liberalism. And since it is, we can't even admit liberalism has destroyed the very parenting skills we intuitively know have gone to hell.

Children have no fear of disappointing the very same parents from whom they have no fear of being disciplined. Parents are afraid of disciplining the children they send off to school because the child might end up with a bruise or a bruised ego that might have them thrown in jail, explaining something to some social worker, or having the child removed from the home.

This situation is at least two generations in the making, probably three. Whichever, it is well entrenched by now.

But it most definitely IS the schools too. They've moved in as parents moved out, but they are definitely part of the problem. They don't teach the three Rs any more, they teach what's politically correct, not what's right and wrong. They teach a social message, not an academics.

The reason parents aren't what they used to be is the same reason children aren't what they used to be AND the reason schools aren't what they used to be.....one word......LIBERALISM.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/03/11 - 12:43 pm
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Excitable bunch on these

Excitable bunch on these boards; passion trumps reason and database inquiry.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/03/11 - 12:45 pm
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bjphysics asked "But is it

bjphysics asked "But is it (rise in youth misbehavior) statistically true or is it a rise in self-directed selective data sampling by adults?

I think there are a number of factors involved. One of them is the ability to gather, manipulate, analyze, and communicate vastly different data than we could fifty years ago. But that certainly doesn't explain it.

Society is different than it was fifty years ago. Of course technology accounts for some of it, but so do morals, ethics, family structures and relationships, the intrusion of government into our lives, and probably a dozen other factors. Having been around to watch it all happen and now having had plenty of time to actually figure it out, I will tell you with as much certainty as I can muster that the best one word summary of the problems of American society is LIBERALISM.

Take it to the bank.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/03/11 - 12:46 pm
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Impatient bunch on these

Impatient bunch on these boards.............

harley_52
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harley_52 11/03/11 - 12:53 pm
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Vito45 "Edited to add: I will

Vito45 "Edited to add: I will go one step further; to a large degree it is MEN at fault, not stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility for their b****** babies."

And what has caused men to not "step up?"

There are two things that will negatively impact a single mother's welfare check. One is to get a job. The other is to get a husband.

Our society pays women not too have husbands and children not to have fathers. Ask yourself how often you hear the word "father" used "on the street."

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allhans 11/03/11 - 03:39 pm
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"My poor baby, he would never

"My poor baby, he would never hurt nobody".

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 11/03/11 - 04:23 pm
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shrimp for breakfast asked;

shrimp for breakfast asked;
Just wondering Crime Reports, how old do you believe the Earth to be?

All of written history only goes back about 4,300 yrs...something that startled the creator of carbon dating and his assistant. Even oral history is nonexistent past a few hundred thousand yrs back. No wars, no loves, no hates, no births, no deaths... nothing... Microcodrial DNA testing revealed the progenitor of all mankind could have been present on earth as early as 6 to 7 thousand yrs ago. A less than millions of yrs old creation has always been fact.

There is not one real scientific fact proving billions of years. ONLY creation has held up to known CSI facts. Y.oung E.arth S.cientist were always right. Kids being taught they came from animals is the great delusion foretold thousands of yrs ago from different sources with most everything coming true just like they said. We are witnessing the unfolding of things foretold long ago proving intelligent creation, again. (unfortunately it may include the greatest group of hellions the world has ever seen to point out repercussions of teaching we came from animals, which they act like even though REAL Science proves we're designed.)

A side effect of people feeling lost in billions of yrs of time makes one’s life of almost no consequence and annalistic loss of all hope ignites mass murder like what got JD Paugh killed and the shooter dead too. Natural-Selector/Murder-Suicides are becoming epidemic because as a man thinketh in his heart so is he...

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/03/11 - 04:21 pm
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Poe's Law: "Without a winking

Poe's Law:

"Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake it for the genuine article."

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