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Why children should not watch the news.

Posted 10-05-2010 at 07:05 AM by Seru
Last night, my dad came and visited me before he left to Alabama for some training for his new job. We were reminiscing over stories from my child hood. He than told me the story of why he stopped letting me watch the news till I was about the age of 12.

I was always fixated with the news, I enjoyed the fact of knowing current world events while everyone else in my class didn't. Then came probably one of the biggest scandals I could remember for awhile. The catholic priest scandals. One word that I frequently kept hearing at the time of these scandals, was "molest". I had no idea what the actual definition of this word was, but I figured it meant that an adult really liked a kid. So at that moment, I added the word "molest" to my vocabulary, though I had no idea how to properly use the word.

The next day at school I had found out I did poorly on my spelling test. Like most kids, they assume the teacher hates them and their lack of intellect was never their own fault. So after she handed me my bad grade, I glared at her till she took her seat. The other kids around me who had also received poor marks, agreed our teacher must have hated us.

I have always had this terrible habit of blurting things out when I wasn't suppose to...this was much worse when I was a kid. Still angry at my bad grade, I loudly said to the kid next to me. "I wish our teacher would molest me, so she would stop hating me. It's not fair she molest everyone else." My teacher stared at me in horror. I than shouted towards her "Why can't you molest me like your molest Adam!" Adam, was the straight A student who I hated, cause I was ranked 2 in class because of him. In most situations, the teacher would just call you out to the hall and explain that it was not a nice word. To bad on this day, she was being observed by the school board. Within minutes my dad was in the principle office, while I was sitting outside.

I was perched outside on the cold wooden bench, awaiting my punishment. When the doors of the principles office opened the school board official, the principal, and my dad walked out chuckling. My dad at this point, pretty much knew I was growing up on the news. He tried to push shows like Blue's Clues and Barney on me, but to no avail. So he knew exactly how I came to learn of this new addition to my ever expanding vocabulary.

After that incident I quickly learned, that the word "molest" meant a bad kind of like. Oops.

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  1. kuyaBaka's Avatar
    D'awwwh. That's a cute story, lol.
    I don't understand why your dad doesn't think it's a good thing you're learning all these adult words (pardon the slight pun, haha). If I was your dad, I'd keep encouraging you to watch the news, but for him to sit alongside you and explain to you what's going on, or to pull you away when something a bit obscene is shown on tv.
    Posted 10-05-2010 at 09:30 AM by kuyaBaka kuyaBaka is offline
  2. Seru's Avatar
    glad you liked it :3

    Well I was pretty young when this happened, and I lived in a bible thumping community. So words like that weren't really said in the open lol. My dad is pretty open to what ever I do now that I'm older.
    Posted 10-05-2010 at 11:05 AM by Seru Seru is offline
  3. SOC's Avatar

    Yeah I grew up in the Bible belt too, really is a great thing though. Wouldn't have it any other way.

    Ironically I have a similar story... but instead of molest, I used the n-word. My family is racist (yeah I don't like them either) and always heavily used the n-word in my life. So when I went to kindergarten, there was a black lady teacher assistant and I got in trouble for something I didn't do. Like some other kid tried pushing me on the ground (I remember the kid to this day) but I caught my self and he ended up falling flat on his face. The assistant accused me of it, and I got so mad at her that I called her the n-word. Hey, I was in kindergarten, cut me some slack.

    No, I don't say that word and I haven't since then, but it was still pretty funny much like Seru's epic blog. XD
    Posted 10-05-2010 at 11:18 AM by SOC SOC is offline
  4. Seru's Avatar
    Lol I don't mind living in the bible belt either. Some of the nicest and most sincere people live here. It's just I meant it in a way, as words like molest are taboo here lol.

    Though this story happened when I was living in South Dakota. Which was way more religious than Kentucky lol, It was more like the Bible belt + socks.
    Posted 10-05-2010 at 11:21 AM by Seru Seru is offline
  5. kmelfina's Avatar
    omg I lol'd so hard.

    It's alright, the only incident when I said something and not know what meant was the F-word (thankfully the teacher didn't hear me) after a classmate spelled it out on condensation.
    Posted 10-06-2010 at 01:15 PM by kmelfina kmelfina is offline
  6. Seru's Avatar
    I have to many moments in which myself, or my group of friends would use a word improperly that would lead us to trouble. Really, I think my friends and I should have invested in dictionaries instead of pokemon cards ;x
    Posted 10-06-2010 at 02:53 PM by Seru Seru is offline
  7. SOC's Avatar
    Another thing to think about... we were so young when that Catholic priest scandal happened. Yet we paid so much attention to it and it even shaped how we feel about Catholicism today. That just goes to show you how scary what we see on the media as kids can be.

    Just think what the kids today will be believing when they're our age... They are the future. :/
    Posted 10-06-2010 at 04:15 PM by SOC SOC is offline
  8. Seru's Avatar
    I loved the media as a kid, I wanted to be nothing more than an anchor man on CNN.

    I don't fear for the future, since I'm pretty sure all my sanity will be gone by the time my kids grow up. So I've decided to deal with the fact my senior years will be in a padded room, so by the time I get there I'll just nap the whole time instead of complaining.
    Posted 10-06-2010 at 04:29 PM by Seru Seru is offline
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