Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Teen weighs in on Memorial shooting incident

As regular Turner Report readers know, one of my favorite blogs is Victim of Reality by Diamond High School senior Michelle Nickolaisen. In a post Monday, Michelle commented on the shooting incident that took place at Memorial Middle School.

Michelle notes that despite hearing one story after another about children who for some reason or another are driven to the breaking point and are involved in school shootings and similar incidents, bullying continues:

There's this kid at school who, yes, is annoying as hell, and pretty weird too. People are rude to him. That doesn't bother me so much, it's a fact of life. Then I heard someone tell me today that these guys beat the crap out of him on a regular basis. He doesn't deserve that, no matter how obnoxious he is. Mean I can handle. Outright cruelty? Why? What drives people to do that?! Is your life really so awful that humiliating and hurting someone else will make it better? This from supposed Christians. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Let he without sin cast the first stone.

An it harm none, do what you will.

What could make someone be so empty inside that they'd want to make someone else feel less than human?

Everything we say affects someone else. Everything we do. The only things that don't are our thoughts and that affects the way we act so that does as well. Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

I can't help but wonder, if I saw someone being cruel to someone else, if I would try to the best of my ability to stop it. Am I that good of a person? I can only hope.

Are you?


Anonymous said...

I find it telling how often web surfers find their way to the Turner Report to dish on the mundane issues of the ins and outs of local media in the Joplin area, and how little response there has been in this blog about the school shooting. Randy, I think you missed the boat on this. Where's your analysis of how the media handled the story? Are you resting on your flippant comments about how you predicted this in your book? You dropped the ball. To boot, the do-goody ramblings of a high school girl don't add much either.

Anonymous said...

not all Christians are bullys.

Anonymous said...

Not all Christians are the fine upstanding people they pretend to be, or raise their children to be either.
I have always heard "kids are cruel" and always thought that was true for some but I know many nice kids.
Fact is people in general are sometimes good and sometimes cruel. Makes me wonder at times how two totally different kids can come out of the same genepool.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of so called Christians I imagine that the Grand Valley Churches and those accused are glad something else has taken the new headlines for a little bit.
I for one will never forget though.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of some so called Christians.. I imagine that the Grand Valley Churches and those accused are glad something else has taken the new headlines for a little bit.
I for one will never forget what they have done to those children though.

Anonymous said...

Boy, I'm glad this girl thinks it's OK to be "rude" to anyone who doesn't conform to the norm, but not OK to "beat the crap" out of them. I think I'll go out and be a total d**k to anyone who isn't like me. Thanks for the OK on that! Sheesh!!!

Anonymous said...

I for one wish at least one person would stand up for the "annoying" kid because even though I've been told all my life "you can't change the world" I disagree. IF one person would stand up for the kid, then possibly one more would, then one more until it was shown to the idiots beating him up that it wasn't cool or acceptable. Where is the school administrators/staff at this school? Does anyone care? I hope someone does and finally shows the kid that NO ONE deserves that. NO ONE.