Wow, here we go again. I turned on the news yesterday only to see yet another report of a group of girls beating another sister near death. Words can't quite describe the feelings I have as I make this posts.
This story breaks just weeks after a similar incident was caught on tape in
Atlanta of a group of young women doing the very same thing. As I viewed
the news report and listened to reporters share details of the brutal beating,I couldn’t help but wonder if the reason that those standing around chose to watch and even cheer is an indication that we are increasingly becoming desensitized as a people.
When you view the video of the incident which took place after school in a Brooklyn, NY, McDonald's, you can clearly see and hear a large crowd of on-lookers watching everything go down. While it is reported thatMcDonald’s employees are said to have called the police, the video clearly shows that not one call was made to the local police by those in the crowdas the girl was being viciously beaten by multiple people. Yet and still, one or more observers had the presence of mind to pull out a camera and record every gruesome blow.
In the book “Is Your Teen Stressed or Depressed”, authors Dr. Arch Hart and Dr. Catherine Hart Weber discuss how teenagers live in two world, life on the surface and life under the surface. When it comes to the issue of teenage depression, the mask they wear on the outside may appear to be like that of any other teenager including appearing carefree and socially connected, yet underneath the surface lies internal pain, fear and anxiety.
There is no doubt that today’s generation has more challenges and ...
pressures to deal with including school, family and their futures, coupled with additional influences including the internet, television, sex, drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, etc. These outside forces can often be internalized and lead to stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, fear, anger and despair.