Friday, September 24, 2004

Esquire, Wired, Popular Science

I'm still working on my own huge stack of magazines this month. That may include a few leftovers from last month, but the only down time I've had recently has been on slow news days. I thought that was really going to be the case yesterday.

This is the end of a police pursuit. The suspects (two minors) stole a car in the Wilshire Division patrol area. I had to drop my reading material and chase the chasers around the Hollywood area.

Not one of the longest pursuits. The two suspects didn't get very far. They succeeded in only screwing up their lives and breaking up my otherwise slow evening.

I know every young person doesn't steal a car, but it doesn't seem to even register with many people that this is very wrong. I don't need them to be thrown behind bars and made to pay for this mistake with a pound of flesh. I just want them to get the message loud and clear. DON'T STEAL!

We should try to keep higher standards when it comes to moral values. Parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, somebody who is in contact with these kids needed to hold them accountable for their actions and teach them responsibility. I don't know who is more or less to blame, but somebody dropped the ball on these two rocket scientists. If somebody had taken an interest in making these two do what's right before they learned to drive, they might not be locked up right now and I might have been able to finish reading more of my magazines. It might be selfish, but that's still kind of what I'd call a win-win situation.


Michelle said...

Well, you must know i would be in total agreeance here. Emperical evidence provides the evidence that by constant parental involvement ( parents taking an interest in their kids lives),teachers,doctors and encouragement in taking up a sport/music interest.......the figures go way down especially for males in deviant activity.
The same sex parent is the most influential person in their childs life. One in three kids in America lives without one of their natural parents.......not distant future will show one in two. Australia is heading the same way with nearly one in four.
Many parents don't know how to parent. In NY there are a number of studies already completed, very succesful in teaching single mothers, and parents from poor backgrounds, how to parent and provide home visits from nurses, counselors etc. It works.
Just on this car chase, have a look at this site....its quite

Ruby in Paradise said...

How ironic that they cut into your down time! When in fact, it's the excessive amount of "down time" on their hands, that probably landed them in this situation. What parents fail to sometimes understand is that a minor with too much time on his hand, or spends excessive amounts of time just "hanging out" with friends can spell trouble!

I was definitely one of those minors that had way too much time on her hands, and trouble always seem to find me. I never realized how important scheduling activities for TEENS and keeping them focused could really decide what path they choose to take, until we took this wonderful parenting class.So beware if you let up as they get older, that is when they need your guidance the MOST.

magz said...

I have absolutely nothing profound or pertinent to add to my friends above comments... they both said much, beautifully.
I just want it known here and now that that is NOT my white truck pulled over to the curb, despite the resemblence! I was NOWHERE NEAR LA yesterday... I swear!

magz said...

oh, and peee essss.... Read this months Pop Sci! I love that mag, and it's a goodun this month... learn battery lore.

C. Fish said...

You are so right. Too many parents are dropping the ball so to speak with their kids. They don't have time, or use the excuse of that anyways.. to be 'parents'.

Kids need rules, they need accountability, and responsibility and it starts at home.

Grace said...

there it is - connectedness- the ripple effect-
see? if a kid is not mentored, educated or given boundaries by parents, family, community or comes back to haunt us- you could have read those magazines, you have the right to read all of them ...but no, our society doesn't take care of eachother like off you go following the 10 o'clock news instead...
and ouch - poor ignorant kids- god bless em onto a better way.

beFrank said...

I heard two kids went for a joy ride in a small plane today. Okay, it's really getting out of hand.

gemmak said...

I've never been a parent so I cant comment on the difficulties I'm sure are involved but i have parents who bought me up with a moderate amount of discipline, who explained why they required certain behaviours of me and instilled in me reasonable morals. I hated it at the time, as I'm sure lots of kids do but I'm damn thankful for it now.

We grew up respecting our elders, respecting the law and those who enforce it and respecting other human many kids nowadays seem not to have that respect. The reasons I'm sure are many but here in the UK so many children seem to be 'left to their own devices' or parked infront of the TV while the parents do other things with their lives revolving around materialism and with no real fear of punishment if they ultimately go wrong. I do not advocate here physical punishment but proper guidance seems rare even once the authorities become involved and ultimately any kid here who steal a car or thieves from another can reasonable safelt assume he or she is unlikely to find themselves with anything more than a small can't be good and yet many kids have a decent upbringing and still find themselves in difficulties later. The answers are beyond me.

North Star Politics said...

I think that saying "someone needed to teach these kids some responsibility" is a cop-out. A big one. I think it takes a village to raise a child, and that you, as a member of the media, have a soapbox that can be preached from. Parents, teachers, clergy, and the like have an enormous role, but what kids see on TV and in the movies is also very influential.

beFrank said...

. . .must remain calm. . .breathe. . .breath. . .

Gee, Daveo. I guess you're speaking from your perspective, but I'm not sure I understand what point you're trying to make. For the sake of discussion, let's say it does take a village to raise a child. If that village is there, I don't see where "the media" is going to have as great of an impact on that child's life. If "the media" is dropping the ball in getting the message across, shouldn't it be up to the parents and those closest to the child to limit access to "the media"?

I don't think it's ever too late to make a difference in someone's life, but the early years of a child's life are going to determine much of his or her behaviour as a teenager or young adult. I think it also needs to be pointed out that most juvenile criminals aren't sitting at home watching the news.

As a teenager you must also realize that young people learn more from the examples of those around them. We can get on a soap box and make as much noise as we'd like. It still takes someone listening to make a difference.