I’m a very sympathetic person and will shed tears for even strangers, but it never fails to irritate me when parents blame brands, companies, and the law for their own negligence. I understand that parents don’t have ultimate control over their children, but I do believe that proper upbringing will raise children to become rational decision makers.
Just several months ago, two young children in my town drowned to death with no adults present. Their parents actually gave them permission to venture out on their own and play without any adults. They were concerned when the boys didn’t return home after dark. Yes, this is a very tragic incident, but those parents should have watched after their children. To reach the park with the river that they were found at, one would have to cross multiple high-traffic roads to get there. It’s not like a neighborhood park with swings and a jungle gym—and these children actually told their parents that they were going to the park, thus the parents knew the obstacles that their children were going to face.
Another recent incident was when a teen with only a permit drove several of his friends in his new WRX while speeding on the highway, crashed, and killed all but himself. Also, tragic, but totally uncalled for when an uncle of one of the dead passengers blamed the law for having set such a “low” age to obtain a license—and he suggested that the age should be raised to 25. It’s absolutely absurd, because the boy who was driving the car, didn’t even have a valid license! There were also indications of the passengers not wearing their seat belts and that they were intoxicated or high. And to bring it back to perspective, where were the parents? To rule out questions of why an unlicensed teen was bought a new car—I was also bought a new car to practice in before I got my license, but it was no WRX, and I knew to drive it only with a licensed adult in the car.
Grieving parents would rather blame anyone else but themselves because they can’t live with the guilt of knowing that the incidents could have been preventable. Had they educated their children of consequences, of rational decision making, their children might still be here today. In today’s news about Monster Energy Drink causing the death of a teen, as other readers have noted, “You can overdose on most anything if you don’t use it as directed.” The packaging has a warning label and it has been noted in nutrition and health sources that children shouldn’t even be consuming caffeine. And now that their daughter is dead, the parents are questioning the regulation of caffeinated drinks.
I’m sorry, but shouldn’t it be the other way around?