I know I’m a little late with this commentary:
Regarding the guy who shot his kids laptop because she complained on facebook…
1) Kids disrespect their parents when socializing with other kids. By questioning the authority figures in our formative years we learn to understand them. Accepting our authority figures for who they are, after being allowed to come to an understanding, is a much more profound growing experience than being forced to accept authority without question.
2) People are more disrespectful on the internet than they are in person. Tame, moderated emotional responses on the internet are boring compared to all the extreme reactions. Kids feel they have to exagerate in their expression to be heard. Case in Point, how many stories of fathers sitting down and discussing problem solving with their daughter made the news this last week?
3) Most people understand #2 and apply a natural internet-filter to what they encounter on the internet. There’s a word for people that don’t, “conspiracy theorist”
4) Guns should never, ever, under any circumstances, be used as a tool to settle familial disagreements.
5) Guns should never, ever, under any circumstances, be used as a tool to settle familial disagreements.
6) Whatever reasons the parents had to purchase a laptop for their kid still exist – they will end up either replacing the laptop or dealing with a kid who needs a computer for school and to remain social in the modern world. Turning their child into a social pariah will just mean they have to live with a lonely depressed daughter until she acquires the rights to put them in minimal services retirement home. (And, if the referenced incident is any indication, it won’t be long before the parent can be identified as mentally and/or emotionally unfit)