Monday, September 17, 2007

And the good news is




Two news stories I can live with in under three weeks. First it was the squeegee kid who gave chase when a gang of girls were beating a 65 year old woman using a table leg as a weapon. Other squeegee kids helped the woman while he ran after the girls, hollering for someone to call the police. Someone did and the girls were caught.

And this is the other story: http://slog.thestranger.com/2007/09/student_activists
written by Dan Savage.

A little more of this and I'm going to get downright hopeful about the world.

8 comments:

JoeinVegas said...

But there were still two sides; the helper and the reason that help was needed.

LJ said...

Uh-huh, Joe. True. And bullies get some of my sympathy, too. It's not all so obvious as "good guys" and "bad guys." But you can't spout philosophy and morals to a kid angry and hurt enough to become a bully - and it's necessary for there to be the initial blunt lesson that there can be personal consequences attached to trying to feel powerful by hurting others. No easy answers are there? But I was glad for the lady who didn't get beaten to death - and the poor kid who was going to spend a year getting threatened or beaten. Besides, all you ever read or hear is about the violence of teenagers. It's really nice to see something in print about the ones who aren't.
Thanks for the insightful comment.
There now - you've made me blather!

zhoen said...

Good folks all over, quietly doing what they do.

Teri said...

::standing ovation::

thanks for sharing these!

herhimnbryn said...

Thanks for this lj. There is hope, always, somewhere.

LJ said...

Hi all. Glad you liked the story. At some point, perhaps, a real entry will happen! You never know.

phlegmfatale said...

That's just the kind of touchy-feely story I am delighted to end the week with. Thanks!

Ariel said...

Aw, thweet.