By now, you've heard the story of Karen Klein, the school bus monitor from Rochester, NY, who was viciously bullied by her charges. When I watched the story on The Today Show, and then watched the You Tube video, I cried. I was sick to my stomach, all the while trying to imagine what these youngsters were thinking when they said the vile things they said. Then there's the latest incident, involving the 9/11 Memorial : http://www.newser.com/story/148814/nyc-teens-trash-911-memorial.html
We strive to teach Murray to have respect for all (humans and animals), good manners, and most importantly, compassion and acceptance. At the tender age of four, we still have some control over how he behaves. But what happens when he's six? Or ten? Or fifteen? We obviously can't control his behavior when we're not around.
I can only pray that the lessons we teach Murray now will carry forward...and beyond.
What do you think? Are the parents to blame? Or, were they just being typical teens and pre-teens acting out?