Beating Down Authority

So you go to work everyday with goals to achieve.

For some, it is all about the paycheck. For others, it is about the chance to make a difference in the lives of others. With the possible exception of a UFC fighter, very few go to work with the goal of getting the snot beaten out of them. I’m pretty sure Matthew Tossman, the principal of Manhattan Early College School for Advertising, did not plan on being brutally beaten by a student on Monday.

So you hear that and think that surely Tossman much have done something really awful for the student to react violently- right? Wrong! He asked 18-year-old Luis Penzo to turn down the music blasting from his headphones. When Penzo refused, Tossman attempted to remove his headphones. That is when Penzo punched him and then continued to beat Tossman.

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Why do things like this happen? Respect for authority is something that has gone the way of the 8 track tape. Many parents no longer teach it or expect it from their children. Schools are too busy filling out paperwork and testing to teach the fundamentals of human behavior. We worry so much about what kind of world we will leave our children that we have stopped worrying about what kind of children we are leaving for our world.

Now I know that some people are going to have examples of nightmare teachers and principals too. I don’t doubt that either.

An Ohio 2nd grader told her father about a substitute teacher who told her he would cut off students’ heads and bury them if they misbehaved. Joking or not, that is NOT okay. Luckily that little girl was smart and brave enough to tell her parents what happened.

Folks, it’s pretty simple. No matter how old you are it’s time to stop acting like animals. We don’t eat each other alive. I might live in Georgia, which is home to The Walking Dead, but reality and fiction were never meant to be blurred together. Most people my age have learned the Golden Rule: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12). Somewhere along the line that got twisted into “Do unto others before they do unto you”. I won’t even broach the subject of
turn the other cheek. It is pretty obvious that Hell in a Hand Basket is a final destination for most of the world’s population if you bother to pay attention at all these days.

I will leave you with this shred of hope : while there is breath in your body it is NEVER too late to do the right thing.

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