Prof. Castell Burton
23 February 2009
Where have all the parents gone?
In the early 90’s I remember my parents reprimanding me for temper tantrums, back talking and obscene languages. Today I seldom see children being scolded. As a result the criminal activities, pregnancies and high school drop out rate among teenagers have risen tremendously. Parents have now fallen in between the cracks of the law and jobs; the law which states that scolding your child is a criminal offense and a job where trying to provide for your family gives no time for rules and proper reprimand. From toddlers to teenagers the disrespect directed to adults has vastly risen out of control.
It’s three in the morning, Chelsea and Amanda both only thirteen years old are out with their sixteen years old boyfriends. The girls are under aged so the club scene is not an option instead they chose to catch a movie and a bite to eat. After dinner and a movie the boyfriends asks them to stay out just a little longer. Chelsea’s boyfriend is a habitual marijuana smoker and offers the young girls to smoke; being sucked into peer pressure they accepted the offer. After a few moments of smoking suddenly they hear sirens and see flashing red, white and blue lights behind their vehicle. They pull over to the side of the road where a husky white male with dirty red hair approaches the vehicle while asking the driver to see his license and registration the officer catches a strong aroma of marijuana. The officer asked teens to step out of the vehicle. As the teenagers proceeded to step out of the vehicle, the officer asked who had been smoking. Chelsea’s boyfriend Jose proceeds to answer the question, “me and your momma.” The other teens snickered at Jose’s response; the officer did not find that comment amusing. When the officer viewed Jose license he realized the teen was underage he asked the other teens their age; he then found out everyone else in the vehicle was...