Hollywood role models not appropriate for kids
Editor, the Advocate:
I'll have to admit, I read your editorial regarding zero tolerance policies with some mixed emotions. Granted, the pendulum can swing too far to the right or the left at times when we react to tragedy such as what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. Folks around the country are trying to figure out the best they can do to protect their kids in school and may be guilty of covering their backside in the process because we live in a litigious society and are subject to lawsuits at the drop of a hat.
I agree with you that children need to be able to play, and often they act out what they take in either from their parents or what they see on TV or video games. I question, however, your assessment that John Wayne or Bruce Willis are the best icons for our kids to emulate. I remember growing up seeing a John Wayne movie where he was being his usual self by coming into a room to talk to a man about something, and the first thing he did was punch him in the face and then ask what he wanted to talk about.
Now, as adults, we can see the excess in something like that, but little children can't do that and need to be coached or, better yet, shielded from that kind of behavior. The Bruce Willis movies are no better and reek of violence. We call ourselves a Christian nation (and community), but we glorify this kind of stuff and shame the essence of God himself through not discouraging young ones from viewing this sort of thing or, at least, telling them that violent behavior toward someone is wrong in the eyes of God. Scripture tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves and to love our enemies.
Promoting the actions of movie icons such as those aforementioned misses the point entirely. Children don't know any better and need good examples to help them shape a better life for themselves. Let's see if we can do that in our lives and seriously consider what we report in the process for the betterment of all readers.
Clark Walker, Victoria