Mark S. Thompson
I hope everyone shares my post until it reaches those who need to hear it. I have never been as embarrassed as I was last night by a group of middle school youth from Wicomico and Worcester counties. I rarely go to the movies because of the high cost to watch this stuff, but last night I felt like doing something different and go see "Sully", something that didn’t have sex, violence and foul language on big screen, But as I was leaving around 9:30pm, there was more foul language than I wanted to see by these young children. At least 15 of our children are cursing at the attendants from the Regal Cinema staff and the Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies over not being able to see an "R" rated movie, without their parents or a responsible adult. That’s right, over 15 middle school age youth, under 15 were out by themselves causing a lot disturbance in front of everyone at the theater. I was so embarrassed I had to go over to the counter and tell them to stop this foolishness and go home!! They started to try and tell me to get out their face until I told them I'm with the school system and pulled up one of their home information on my phone!!! That caused them to want to know who I was. I told them too late, I will see them at their school on Monday! Who in the world would take young children to the movies, purchase "R" rated movie tickets then leave them to hang out until after 11pm unchaperoned!!! Please don’t tell me their parents did this!! I commend the sheriff’s there last night for their composure, even when a little girl actually had to be restrained when she pushed at the officer. Last night could have gone very ugly and there would have been FB posts all over the place talking about police mishandling youth...But these youth are getting out of control late at night all by themselves. Parents, guardians, caregivers, whoever you are that are responsible for young children, we need to step up our game and help mold our children in a positive direction!! Watching “When the Bough Breaks” is not moving our children in a positive direction!! We can only blame ourselves if we continue to allow children to act like adults and we as adults stand around and do nothing. There were many adults there last night but no one wanted to get involved. What is happening now is parents/adults don’t want to discipline their children. Dr. Julia Hare (please checkout youtube) said, “discipline is gone because everyone is afraid, the teachers are afraid of the principal, the principal is afraid of the superintendent, the superintendent is afraid of the school board, the school board is afraid of the parents, the parents are afraid of the kids and the kids ARE AFRAID OF NO ONE!!! We can’t keep allowing our children to act like this…Some parents will receive calls from me this week!! But in the meantime, I need some people to help me help our community. We do not need law enforcement to solve our problems, lets pull together as a community as a village and raise our children right!! Contact me to help.