This story jumped out at me because his parents were livid, which is understandable. But did this incidence warrant them threatening to sue the school, the district changing its safety policies and the little boy being removed from the school and consequently, all his friends?
Were the parents justified in their behavior or did they overreact? This story made me wonder, has the world become so desensitized that childhood capers have now become matters of safety or the prelude to psychotic deviance? After all, two of my best childhood friendships were the result of one cutting my hair in 1st grade, and the other, me being too intentionally rough with the kickball at recess in the 3rd grade. Had my parents removed me from that school, it would have sent me spiraling into depression.
When I was growing up, this kind of behavior was laughed off and forgotten about before the end of the week could settle in. Parents trusted us kids to work things out, and all perpetrators involved settle our differences over "cool cups," street skating and stick ball.
As a society, were we wrong back then? Today, you cannot look at a person too long without their being an issue or grounds for a lawsuit.
My two friends and I are still friends today. Had those two incidents not occurred, would we still have become friends? I believe that everything happens exactly how it's supposed to. Do you? What happens when belief systems of societies and individuals come into conflict?
INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the image above to view the video and read the article. Then, read the commentary above and comment on the following: "Explain whether or not the parents in this "incident" overreacted and why you feel the way you do."
1. INCLUDE: First initial AND last name AND class period.
2. Respond in no more than 10 sentences and no less than five.
3. You MUST respond to at least TWO other posts from any student. Your replies cannot be identical comments on different posts and posting shallow comments such as "I agree" or "I disagree" will earn you a zero. Make sure your reply addresses the comment that you are responding to.
Be sure to--
- Be clear about your position
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- Use rhetorical devices and other grammar elements
- Write EPIC Content-Engaging, Powerful, Informative, Creative
CAUTION!! Do NOT embarrass me, yourself, your class, the English department, the school or your parents with tasteless, meaningless comments. This is for a grade.
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Due: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018 11:59 p.m. CST