Some Michiganders and Ohioans are on the front lines of living lessons we shouldn’t be teaching our children, namely that physical violence is the proper response to not getting your own way.
Within the last month, a mother-daughter team attacked a discount department store greeter in Ohio, and a mother-father team attacked a school crossing guard in Michigan. Both attacks occurred with children of the attackers present, and both attacks occurred in public places with witnesses present.
The daughter, 21, ran back to the Customer Service desk, screamed more obscenities at an employee there, and threatened that her boyfriend would kill the greeter when he found out. The daughter also loudly threatened to blow up the store. The women left the store. Police found them in the parking lot. The mother was charged with assault, the daughter with aggravated menacing and inducing panic. The pregnant daughter’s two children were present.
So much for applying the aphorism of “Don’t do in public what you wouldn’t want your mother to know about.”
When the parents dropped their child off a bus stop next day, he walked up to the 7-year-old he’d had the fight with the previous day and punched him. The crossing guard, 73, pulled the parent’s 7-year-old child off of the other child, and the parents quickly became involved. After a few words between the two, the father, 26, punched the crossing guard in the face, breaking one of his teeth. The father’s girlfriend (the child’s mother), 29, simultaneously attacked the crossing guard from behind as the father punched again.
Local police have arrested the mother but have not yet found the father.
So much for applying the aphorism of “Respect your elders.”
The lessons we learn early are the lessons we learn most deeply. Here are three children (and more if these parents continue procreating) who are halfway down the path of learning the wrong lesson: That elder abuse and violence are acceptable, and that punishment is unjustified.
We’re already seeing the generational transmission of these lessons in the mother-daughter team.
Continue keeping it classy, Ohio and Michigan.