Kids say the darndest things...
Would have been even better if the boys had written or publicly apologized
rather than the fathers apologizing for them.
Agree Sally. These boy should have apologized. This is a case of parents not
allowing their kids to be responsible for their actions.
If these were legislators had (D) after their names, the press would never have
reported these incidents. Nor would they have reported if the racial
slurs were made against Whites. I agree with those who say that the
boys themselves should apologize. They are old enough to know better, and to
apologize for themselves.
As children, we learn from our parents by their actions, words they say, and
they are ingrained in us forever. The family may not have a exposure to other
ethnic groups. There are diversity courses available that teach cultural
sensitivity, if the want to learn.
The boys did apologize, ostensibly in the forum where the offense took place. I
don't think I want a press conference every time a kid has to apologize for
something stupid they said online, even if their dad or mom is a public
figure.I think the fathers showed both that they take responsibility
for their parenting, and that they expect their children to be responsible for
their own actions.
Again we have the parents apologizing for bad behavior for their children! Sen
Flake's son knows his father is a public figure, what lack of respect this
young man showed for his fellow man and his father. Is he going to go on a
mission? Hope he doesn't get sent to Mexico or South America. The son
should have apologized on the same public forums where he made the original
According to the article, Flake's son did apologize. Additionally, Sen.
Flake apologized. The article is not as clear as to whether Rep. Heck's
son did his own apology.
I would say that these kids are reflecting the environment they are in... not
necessarily the parents.... but those they see as their peers. As a parent, we
try to teach out kids that who they hang around, who they look up to, who they
try to please is probably one of the most important decisions one can make.I will take the senators apologies at face value.... I am
sure besides the apologies, these kids need to broaden their scope of
influences. Obviously the ones they have now are leading in them in a poor
direction.And parents need to understand that kids don't always
understand the perspective some comments are made, and need to filter themselves
a little in what they say around those who don't understand what political
rhetoric really is.
Our five kids all grew up with the same ethics, example and religious
training/activity/commitment...My 3 girls "got the picture"
growing up in our home. They would defend the defenseless, speak out against
injustice and never put up with bigotry or rudeness. The two boys- not so much.
Because of heavy sports schedules, "locker room banter", or
testosterone? Who knows, but they never "got" the damage that can be
hurtful through unfunny jokes or ethnic slurs.All of them had
stellar examples from family on all sides. They have friends of many different
ethnicities and languages. They just see ethnic labels as simple jousting and
don't "get" what all the fuss is about. They put up with
name-calling and "joking around", so they figure folks should focus on
serious issues. They are Italian, Arabic and English; their step-dad
Norwegian.While I see their viewpoint, I also see the potential for
ugliness and superior attitudes. So while they respect our house rules, they
still don't see how nick-names can lead to bullying and\or violence. I see
it as being anti-Jesus and His teachings.When they have children,
hope they "get it".
BadgerbadgerMurray, UTIf these were legislators had (D)
after their names, the press would never have reported these incidents. Nor would they have reported if the racial slurs were made against
Whites. First of all this is untrue and by saying this you are doing
the same thing as the boys, you are insulting people. I believe the whole point
of the article is to stop this sort of behavior not add to it by insulting other
groups that you disagree with.