Blame vandalism on poor parenting

Updated: 2013-06-03 09:09

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Comment on "Parents of teen vandal apologize after online rage" (China Daily, May 27)

The 15-year-old boy's action can be blamed on poor parenting. Where were the boy's parents when he scratched his name on a 3,500-year-old relic at the Luxor Temple in Egypt? Had they sent him with a tourist group that they were not a part of?

The results of poor parenting can be seen everywhere in our daily life. When I was a child, my parents taught me to respect others and always behave properly. For example, I learned to stop on the pavement and wait for the light to turn green before crossing a street. I was also taught to be alert while crossing a street even when the light was green.

But today you can see some parents dragging their children across streets even when the traffic lights are red and causing trouble for drivers and other pedestrians. Parents nowadays always seem to be in a hurry and, unwittingly or otherwise, teach their children not only to disrespect laws, but also to jeopardize their own safety.

Roninxian, on China Daily website

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