The word Teenager created in the 1950’s when teens were able to buy more things like food, clothes and music because of an increase in spending money. Teens preferred listening to rock and roll. There was television and radio, the teens attended school dances, created trends, fads and hairstyles. Media played on the emotions of teens and peers influenced them. I was a teen growing up in that 50’s, our biggest worry going to school was the trends, fads and hairstyles, boy and girlfriends; “today’s” children have lost that innocence of just being a child, a teen!
I turned on the news this morning to see that nineteen high school teenagers had been “stabbed” by one student, all of their lives changed forever, including those who did not get hurt. When my children went to high school, we were worried about the occasional fistfight, torn shirts; I did not worry about the safety of my children.
Today, I worry about my grammar and middle school grandchildren, will someone go into their school with a gun and start killing anyone in sight for no apparent reason? The same goes for my high school grandchildren, guns, bombs and now a rampage of stabbing before the first bell of the day rings. It does not stop for me there…two of my children are “teacher’s”, I must be concerned about their safety too.
I remember high school as a fun place to learn, my children, maybe not so fun…but they were safe, enjoyed sports, sitting on their cars in the school parking lots. My grandchildren are far more advanced in technology, taking subjects in middle school that we had in high school and along with that they are also taught “survival skills while in school, hide in closets, dark rooms, teachers have codes for shooters”, these will be the memories of their childhood and teenage years, what a shame that innocence has vanished!
Pray for the children!