Civility is making the headlines lately, but if you dig a bit deeper, barbarism is the real story.
To wit: Last month, MSNBC.com carried this story from Reno, NV: “Six girls arrested for Facebook ‘Attack a Teacher Day’ invite.” One middle school girl was arrested for inviting 100 fellow middle schoolers on the social networking site to participate in something she called “attack a teacher day,” while five other girls were arrested for responding to the invitation with threats against specific teachers.
Another story, this time from CBSNews.com on January 31, is titled, “6 Pa. Students Arrested in Bullying Attack.” This incident involved a half-dozen 13- to 17-year-old high schoolers who assaulted a fellow 13-year-old student, kidnapping him and hanging him from a fence post. He was not seriously hurt. Not physically, anyway.
Then there’s the MiamiHerald.com story entitled: “Teens Arrested After Facebook Threats Revealed.” This episode exposed a group of loyal middle school gal pals – all ages 13 and 14 – who posted credible death threats against a student they believed had “snitched” on the boyfriend of one of the girls by telling school administrators he was in possession of a firearm.
Posts included gang-style verbiage including, “Ima help kill him. That punk ruined our lives!! Hes soo Dead!!!” and my personal favorite, “Oh that little b---- is dead. Just u have to show me who he is first then he is dead.”