I opened up Alan's link and read the story to my wife and kids. After I was done, my daughter (the fighter) asked me if I'd be mad if she was suspended for doing something like that, or for standing up for another student that was getting bullied. I told her I wouldn't be, and confirmed to her that I'd be very proud of her, or any of our kids for doing what they think is right.
As for the schooling now days, this is my opinion, so take it for what it's worth:
Most of you know that I'm a God Fearing man, and my beliefs in him are very strong, although sometimes when I'm mad, I may not be the best example! However, I believe that our school systems have been on a down hill path ever since they (the government) took God out of schools. There has been more and more shootings, drug use, profanity, and just a down right disrespect of students lately. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying all schools are like this, and I'm not saying all students are like this, however back in my day, there weren't shootings, pot was the worst drug, yes there may have been a little profanity, but the students for the most part, still respected their elders, teachings, rules and guidelines!
I recently applied for and was accepted for a volunteer coaching position at our school district, and the first thing they gave me as a rule was there was to be no mention of God or Prayer while being present of any of the athletes. Say What???? What happened to saying a prayer before the big game? What happened to praying for an injured player on the field? None of this is allowed anymore? Why not??
Our school district has developed a special day, one time a year, called "Meet you at the Pole". A group of kids join together on that day and meet at the flag pole to pray for students, the school board, the teaching staff, and for having the opportunity in getting God back in the school, even if it was for just one day.
I know I should be happy for them, and I really am, but I just can't help but wonder why we can't have him in school the remaining 364 days!
I have been off work the past week, so to help out my wife, I have been picking up my youngest son at the Elementary School everyday. Last Thursday, while waiting for my son to come out, they released the 2nd and 3rd grade students first. A young girl walked past me with one of her friends, cussing up a storm and telling her friend how she was going to kill her uncle for not being there on time to pick her up. The girl couldn't have been older than 8 or 9 years old!!! One of the mothers standing there waiting beside me heard this, and looked at me with concern and asked if I heard what she thought she heard. I said yes, isn't it said, and she said this is what happens when the kids are allowed to over power the parents and teachers. I just kind of shrugged my shoulders and shook my head, but after thinking about it while walking home with Ryan, I thought to myself there is a lot of truth to what she said. Instead of parents and teachers having control of the kids now days, the kids are actually controlling us! It's really sad. However, as a well known Basketball Player used to say..."Not in my house, and Not today"!!! I will not let my kids get the upper hand over my wife and I. My kids know to show respect, to mind their manners, and to say Thank You when given punishment for something they know they did wrong.
Sorry for venting, but it's a sore subject with me, and I can't hold back once I get started!
After going back and reading this, I see that I got off topic, and my rant really didn't have anything to do with the article. But, to set the record straight, I'm in favor for the kid saving the girls life. I commend him for his efforts, and I feel that he was indeed wrongly punished. My rant I guess, was more of why the teachers don't or can't do much of anything anymore when it comes to making vital decisions. Again, I was off topic a bit, but at least I got to stand up for something I strongly believe in.
If the moderators need to pull this post, then do what you feel is right.
Edited by johndeereelfman, January 26, 2016 - 09:34 PM.