Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Have we lost the ability to be shocked?

The Globe and Mail is one of several news media reporting the story of a 14 year old disabled boy who was locked in a burning shed by a group of 5 children, all of whom are under the age of 12. A neighbour saw the fire and tried to get the laughing children away from the fire, only to find out a boy had been locked inside. The boy is still suffering the effects of smoke, but survived.

Twenty years ago we would have been shocked as a society. We would have spent a month agonizing over this event. But this will pass in a day or two. We've come to expect events like this. Under Canada's Laws, the children can't be charged with anything (the little darlings didn't know its wrong to burn people to death). And in fact, if the little darlings decide to try to kill this disabled boy again, there will still be nothing our legal system will be able to do. Of course if the parents of one of these little darlings decides to spank a child for attempted murder, our legal system will know what to do to the parent. Spanking (or just about any other form of discipline) is cause to investigate potential child abuse! An 11 year old can try to burn someone alive and that's OK, but if that 11 year old receives a spank then society has to step in!

I'm disgusted.

2 Comments:

Anonymous jgriffin said...

Twenty years ago we would have been shocked as a society. We would have spent a month agonizing over this event. But this will pass in a day or two.

Society already has forgotten. They are now focused on the eleven year old girl that was lit on fire by her friends "for fun."

9:53 PM  
Blogger Annette said...

I"m just in complete shock. Oh my.

9:29 PM  

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