Revenge is all right
Remember the Lakeland girls who viciously beat up their friend, and put it all on tape, because she was supposedly posting nasty messages about them on the Internet? A new survey about kids and violence offers some context.
More than 1 in 4 teens think behaving violently is sometimes, often or always acceptable – which is more than think cheating is bad (19 percent) or plagiarizing (10 percent), according to the poll sponsored by Junior Achievement. More than 1 in 3 said violence was acceptable for revenge.
Revenge, real and alleged, cropped up recently in a couple of Tampa Bay school stories. Recall the story of a 15-year-old girl at Dixie Hollins High who accused an 18-year-old football player of sexually assaulting her on a school bus. And the tale of the father of Cedric Mills, the slain football player from Jefferson High in Tampa.
One blog responder wrote this about the latter: "Good for him. He needed to beat the kid within an inch of his life."
- Ron Matus, state education reporter