Mar 07, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
I observed something unsettling today. A student came to school today wearing headphones around his neck (apparently a hip hop fashion statement). One of the teachers confiscated them and told the student a parent would have to claim them. After school the kid was going back to retrieve them himself (presumably by force). Luckily a police officer was there for another matter entirely and grabbed him and calmed the situation down. Before that however, the kid was angrily referring to the teacher as "that faggot". The teacher is married, has grown children and I've always perceived him as something of a right-wing fundamentalist. I'm pretty sure he isn't gay. The point is, the kid (a 6th grader), in his anger, used the term that was the most demeaning thing he could think of. This isn't the first time I've heard an elementary school student use that term to signify that he thinks someone is the lowest of the low. It looks like college students are embracing diversity and are probably more tolerant than any generation before them but it seems to me that younger children may be taking a step back. Anybody have similar observations or do you disagree?