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1, Oct 7, 2010

Tyler Clementi, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, The Most Stupid Unintentional Killers

Filed under: Crime — admin @ 12:29 am

We all know what these two 18-years-old college students have done to bring about Tyler Clementi’s suicide. My daughter and I couldn’t get over the shock over the news. We talked a lot about it even days after the event. I don’t think the two unintentional killers were motivated by anti-gay prejudice.

Rather, they are simply foolish and selfish to the extreme and are the products of bad parenting. They have not learned to stop and think about the consequence of their stupidity. They relentlessly seek fun and thrills, no matter how vulgar and disastrous it is, at the expense of another fellow student.

I have seen more than once such brainless and cruel antics before. As my daughter put it, “Their parents are partly responsible, too. Because they have not taught their children not to take pleasure in publicly humiliating others.” I see the consequence of bad parenting in Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, one from an Indian family, the other from a Chinese family. Both cultures are famous for hammering “good” education into their children. Obviously, not good enough.

This once again brings into focus a key ingredient in successful parenting, that is, parents not only need to make sure that their children become learned individuals, but more important, they should help their children develop the capacity for love, sympathy, and human understanding.

Hence, you are a loser parent if your children are as stupid and selfish as Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei.

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