Parents should know what kids are up to

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2005

I had the opportunity to take my mother and my four young children to a local fast food restaurant in Soldotna on Saturday. We were enjoying our lunch and three of the children were sitting in the kid room.

A large group of boys — 10 to 14 — of them came in and went directly to the kid room. They had a video camera and were laughing and having a good time. My mother said I should get the little kids out of there. I thought they would be fine, but I continued to watch the teenage boys.

Imagine my surprise and anger when one of the boys went up to my 7-year-old and proceeded to have flatulence in his face while he was eating!

I yelled at them to stop, but the other boys were all laughing and he could not hear me. One of the other boys said, "Hey do it again, I'll get it on tape!"

By the time I had got into the little room the boys were all laughing and thinking this was pretty funny.

My son was cowering in the corner.

Let me tell you, I was very angry! I told the boys it was disgusting behavior, and I was very disappointed in the boy that did it as well as the other boys for not standing up and saying, "Hey that's not cool!"

The boy did apologize, but a lot of the boys were still laughing when they left.

I don't think any of the boys would have done this on their own, as a group they get bold.

We as parents like to think "not my kid!" However, we need to question our kids and find out what they are doing, where they are going and who they are with. And if they have a video camera, look at what they are taping. You might just see an irate mother yelling at your kid.

Shannon Fitt, Kenai

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