posted on May, 4 2007 @ 03:51 PM
Kids were just as violent and messed up when I was young. The boy across the street had a BB gun and shot a toad in my yard once just to upset me. I
(hate to admit it but it happened) set fire to a spider once to see what would happen. My step brother caught a scorpion and sprayed it with RAID to
watch it sting itself to death.
Kids don't understand life and death, not really. That's just for starters.
They want to understand how things work, and maybe see death happen for themselves. For seconds.
For thirds, kids who are in pain often have no empathy for others and want to take their own pain out on something else. I think that's what it was
with me, aside from morbid curiosity.
I can't speak for other kids and adults that were these kids, but for me, that one instance of setting the spider on fire really gave me a guilt
trip. I felt terrible about it. I was about eight years old, maybe ten.
I think it's better kids learn these lessons on something lesser than a human being. It's too bad it happens, yes, but it happens a lot. I think
it's a normal rite of passage for some kids.
However, stabbing the mother duck and her babies was more than that. That was a cry for help. That child needs some attention and some mental health
I think stuff like this happens, and has happened, all the time. What's new is the ability to report it widely, quickly and with spin.