Where's the shock?

Middle-school sex case shows another symptom of society's erosion

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We don’t know the details of what happened – the report released to the public doesn’t say.

But three Glenn Hills students were suspended for the rest of the school year recently for engaging in “sexual activity” at school, while several others served as lookouts and were suspended for the semester.

Oops. That should have read “Glenn Hills Middle School.” Not high school. Middle school.

Some of us are old enough to remember when the occasional kiss on the elementary school playground was as close to a
sex scandal as a school got. Today, “sexual activity” at least brings suspension, but not much more. It’s not big news, law
enforcement authorities apparently aren’t notified, administrators apparently aren’t admonished, parents aren’t brought into court or social services,
no brouhaha at the school board.

What a sad state of affairs.

Shouldn’t this be a bigger deal than a mere notation on a sanitized report? Isn’t it just a little symptomatic of many of our problems in the larger society?

By almost every measure, American society is tilling the ground for this sort of thing. In the past few generations, nuclear families have blown apart; church-going has eroded; entertainment media have erased every line of decency society ever tried to draw; and simple manners and courtesy, as well as respect for authority, have been tossed out with the trash.

When the water temperature goes up a little at a time, nothing shocks the frog.

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madgerman
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madgerman 12/02/11 - 12:41 am
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I have long advocated the use
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I have long advocated the use of video systems throughout a school, classrooms, hallways, janitor closets, teachers lounges everything except rest rooms. This would have prevented this travesty and would allow principals to actually view and evaluate teachers. Sad but we will not even consider the idea. Instaead we continually purchase software and hardware that no one uses and the teaching staff never update. BTW how did these kids get out of class and roam the halls without anyone being aware?

I did like the letter however, and believe it is spot on in its appraisal of our society which seems to go further down the toilet on a daily basis. I mean just look at the candidates for the highest position in the country, either brain dead, models of morality or out and out liars, take your pick. But rest assured nothing will change because we are indebted to our partys and nothing will stop us from supporting our aliegence to the party.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/02/11 - 09:23 am
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You got it right....the frog

You got it right....the frog will be toast .....& won't know what hit him.

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Dan White 12/02/11 - 10:31 am
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"It is essential that every

"It is essential that every spiritual force be mobilized to defend and preserve the religious base upon which this nation is founded; for it has been that base which has been the motivating impulse to our moral and national growth. History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster" (Gen. Douglas MacArthur, December 1951).

Could the USA be in a progressive deterioration of moral lapse that leads to ultimate national disaster? MacArthur's words could prove to be prophetic since it seems a national disaster of immorality which includes run-away deficit spending and enormous debt from our government's leaders are leading us into decline and may even lead us into collapse.

allhans
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allhans 12/02/11 - 10:40 am
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And somebody was defending

And somebody was defending the suggestive dancing in parades.
You open the door for these young folks and what do you get?

Chillen
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Chillen 12/02/11 - 10:51 am
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If you have had a middle

If you have had a middle school child recently, sadly, you would not be surprised to hear this. My kids told me about the most unbelievable stuff going on when they were there. Promiscuity, theft and drug use begin that young. Most of the parents of said kids are totally oblivious.

faithson
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faithson 12/02/11 - 10:55 am
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It all begins in the HOME...

It all begins in the HOME... the greatest human invention of human history. Public institutions cannot provide the necessary 'teaching'. We learn from our parents the first lessons of life, the primary one being 'loyalty'. Blaming deviant behavior on the lack of prayer in public schools is a misnomer. Blaming deviant behavior on poor if not non-existent parental relationships IS the problem. We will one day come to understand this and institute some restrictions on those who do not possess the character to parent a child, and yes there are some out there who should NOT be having children.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/02/11 - 11:16 am
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Why the shock? For eight

Why the shock? For eight years we (and our almost invisible , but listening children) were told by every form of media that a BJ or HJ was the same as a handshake. Sad thing is, I was a substitute teacher at that time, and there were tenured teachers in both middle and high schools in essence saying the same thing. Who thinks their attitude changed?

Chillen
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Chillen 12/02/11 - 11:19 am
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Thanks Bill Clinton who "did

Thanks Bill Clinton who "did not have sex with that woman".

burninater
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burninater 12/02/11 - 12:15 pm
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Dstewart, I am an avid

Dstewart, I am an avid consumer of media and I have NEVER seen a BJ or HJ called the same as a handshake! Do you have an example of this? I'm assuming you're talking about something other than porn.

allhans
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allhans 12/02/11 - 02:35 pm
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I can't give you proof but I

I can't give you proof but I know that both acts are seen by way too many kids as on the same level as a hey, how are ya!

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/02/11 - 04:01 pm
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Note to self: wash after

Note to self: wash after shaking hands from now on.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 12/02/11 - 05:33 pm
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What about the Westminster

What about the Westminster episode?

burninater
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burninater 12/02/11 - 05:36 pm
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That I'll buy allhans, there

That I'll buy allhans, there were plenty of kids with that attitude when I was in middle school 25 years ago. Just trying to figure out how we made the leap from casual teen non-coital sexuality (which is certainly NOT a new innovation) to all forms of media saying that BJs and HJs are just like a handshake!

And bjphysics, made me laugh with that last one.

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