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The respect is gone
June 21, 2012 - Luke Stalzer
Although it's a statement that's overused these days, it seems as if the younger generation (my generation) has lost all respect for its elders.
I was watching the news this morning and I saw something so despicable, it almost made me sick to my stomach. Three separate students on a school bus in Rochester, New York, took a video while harassing a 70-year-old bus monitor three separate times. The middle-school-aged children were harassing this woman, who seemed to be somewhat overweight, telling her to go eat another twinkie and other rude stuff that I would never in a million years think about saying to an adult.
At one point, they brought the grandma of eight to tears on the bus. My heart instantly broke for the woman and I honestly could not believe what I was seeing.
People across the country started raising money for this bus monitor to go on a vacation of her choice and have raised nearly $100,000, but all of that money can't take back the actions those kids took and the embarrassment and humility they caused this woman.
It's things like this that reinforce statements like the one I made earlier: The respect is gone.
I'm not sure who exactly to blame, or if there is anyone to blame, or what drives kids to do these cruel things. What I do know is recently, the Times-Republican and the city of Marshalltown teamed up with the "Not In Our Town" campaign. It is a campaign designed to eliminate bullying in our community and the response so far has been great.
It's unfortunate, but that bus monitor was bullied by those kids on that bus. It happens to everyone regardless of age, gender, race or sexuality. It's a sad reality, but we have to spread the word on how tragic and how much of an impact bullying can place on one's life.