In the midst of controversy things can tend to get a little out of control. With all the finger pointing, political leanings and insulting jabs, the most recent tragedy, the stabbings at the Pennsylvania school, have produced more of that same type of behavior.
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment as emotions are high, but does that really give us an excuse to not treat one another as human beings? Brimfield, Ohio, police Chief David Oliver recently spoke out about just that saying that sometimes, people just need to take a step back and a deep breath.
In an attempt to stop the worthless, and potentially harmful, chatter surrounding the incident, Oliver posted a scathing rant on Facebook demanding that adults hold themselves accountable. Starting out, he expressed his immediate frustration after hearing, “insults and innuendos” start shortly following the news breaking.
His rant didn’t end there though. Evolving into highly reasonable suggestion, the post has encouraged others to be courteous and has received over 40,000 likes.
Feel free to read the post in its entirety:
A little while ago, I posted about the tragic stabbings of students at a high school in Pennsylvania. We post info like that incident (and also officers being killed) as a notice for mourning and reflection. Soon after, the insults and innuendos started, with words like “conservative” “liberal,” “it wasn’t a gun” and “arm the teachers.” Here is some unsolicited advice. Do with it what you will. If it does not apply to you, then ignore it.
Until we, as adults, learn to stop being angry, insulting each other and picking fights every chance we get, how in heck can we expect our kids to behave any differently? I guarantee, if you are an Internet troll, generally angry and surly and by all appearances hate the human race, the children around you will act no better than what you are modeling. We have to be the examples for those who are still growing.
If you want another opinion, here you go. Until adults start leading and acting like adults, we are just spinning our wheels. There is no perfect political party, no perfect way to peel a banana, and no perfect person. Adults insulting each other and cramming political views in our ears in a constant barrage of “the world is ending,” is only making the kids in our society more stressed and angry.
In a case like this awful stabbing incident at a HIGH SCHOOL….pipe down and let the people mourn. Be there for them, but be quiet unless there is something helpful to say.
My apologies for being direct. It’s sort of my thing.
Carry on….Chief Oliver.
Chief Oliver is beginning to develop quite the reputation as his direct and hard-hitting posts seem to negate any and all argument. Back in December, Oliver took to completely eviscerating Kanye West after he compared his job on stage to that of a soldier or police officer being shot at.
Let us know what you had to think about Oliver’s message in a comment below.