“We live in a culture of insults… we tear [people] down to feel better about ourselves… We think because it’s done anonymously there are no ramifications. But there are ramifications, guys, because it makes you comfortable with insensitivity.” Ian Brennan, “A Night Of Neglect”
WARNING: It is difficult to watch/listen to this video.
The kid goes on to confess, “I know all the kids in the video. The reason they do it is because she can understand everything they say. She has a hearing aid.”
The children have since been identified as students of the Greece Central School District in North Greece, NY. No word from the Superintendent on how the district will handle the matter.
What caused the kids to act out in such a manner? Did these kids learn this kind of disrespect from the anonymity of the world-wide web? How do we properly punish these actions?
It’s apparent that bullying will never die. Kids are IDIOTS, have been always will be. The internet didn’t make this generation dumb. Years ago, I asked my little brother (ten years my junior) to describe the internet: he said it was “a tool that can be shaped into whatever you want it to be.” When I asked him what he meant by “tool”, he replied with:
“You know how the pen is mightier than the sword? The internet’s like that pen, but now it has an encyclopedia, cameraman, lawyer, judge, and jury…” I’m sure the list he gave is now far incomplete.
Maybe some of us aren’t ready for the internet “tool”. Just last month, one mom reprimanded her daughter’s digital misuse by posting this photo online:
“Since I want to post photos of me holding liquor, I am obviously not ready for social media and will be taking a hiatus until I learn what I should and should not post. BYE-BYE :(“
When I was 14, I held up a bottle of liquor to show off to my friends. Did it impress anyone? Absolutely not. When a kid does it today, is he celebrated? No, but today’s kids face the burden of holding their actions accountable in front of a much larger, and much less forgiving audience. It’s not your just one circle of friends bearing witness – it’s a culmination of each individuals social network. Sometimes, that network is bigger than we all think…
“We live in a culture of insults. I mean, we’re constantly bombarded with these images of people who are richer than us and happier than us, and have more interesting sex than us, and it makes us feel terrible. You know, we tear them down to feel better about ourselves, but we don’t just stop with the people who are on TV and magazines we do it to everyone, and we think because it’s done anonymously there are no ramifications. But there are ramifications, guys, because it makes you comfortable with insensitivity.”