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Date Posted: 22:14:31 09/26/05 Mon
Author: Jean
Subject: it was
In reply to: Eppy 's message, "One Time...." on 17:55:34 09/26/05 Mon

an insensitive question...but our kids are exposed insensitivity every day...music, tv, radio, magazines, newspapers,...or just in the way they see grownups treat others who either are different or beleave different! They are surrounded by insensitivity. Should we really be suprized or shocked?

I think the way the young service member handled it was very grownup and mature. The way the school officals handled it was very inmature and cowardly. They dont want to deal with it so they are just going to look tough. That way they dont have to really look at the problem.

And while it was a very insensitive question I'm not so sure the boy did wrong. It sounds like he and his father talk openly about what they hear on the nightly news. How much better would our world be IF all parents took the time to talk with their children about the hard issues they see on TV. He is what about 14?
IF he was really and truely asking the question because of the things he had heard on TV and not just asking for the shock value...then I think he was a thinking young man..maybe a future newspaper reporter of old...that asked the hard questions instead of trying to be a talk show wanabe

I talk openly about the tough issues with my boys and my girls. I cant sheild them from the knowledge of what goes on in the world around them...but I can make sure I talk to them about it.
We have had some really very interesting topics let me tell you!....topics I would have gotten my face slaped for it I had tried to talk with my grandma about!...but you know I searched until I found my own answers...and because they didnt come from an trusted, loved adult much of that information was faulty!

So I say good dad for at least talking to his son.
and I say bad school for hiding behind a wall of seeming toughness.


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