Friday, March 27, 2009

Blame it on Twilight

While reading Twilight Lexicon this morning, I was surprised to see this story. Sadly, it seems to me as just another case of parental responsibility being shoved off onto something else. In this case, Twilight.

The Des Moines Register reports that a 13-year-old middle school boy has been charged with assault for biting 11 of his classmates over a roughly one month period. The last occurrence took place earlier this month when he bit a female student on the right hand during a track meet. His father says that his behavior is caused by the movie Twilight, and that he didn't mean to hurt anyone. What the heck?

This is simply ridiculous and an obvious lack of common sense. I don't understand why this was allowed to escalate to the point that he'd bit 11 other children! Why wasn't something done much earlier? Why can't the father see his personal responsibility in this matter? My children are far younger and see all the Twilight things around my home. No, they haven't seen the movie, but they know it is about vampires and they aren't biting each other. Someone who commented on the article said that this sounds like a boy with autism. If this is the case, shouldn't the father have been even more vigilant about what his son was exposed to?

I just think it is incredibly sad that our society has become so short on personal responsibility. How can our children learn this hugely important lesson if we as parents don't model it for them?

Stepping down off my soapbox, we will now return to regularly scheduled Twilight blogging...

1 comment:

Ana Cristina said...

Tag, you're it! (Again.)