Something has been on my mind lately. Every day as I travel to and from dropping my son at school, I notice a large number of people speeding through the school zones on my route. I don't understand why an adult would jeopardize hitting any pedestrian let alone a child. What upsets me even more is the number of cars that pass me up with children in the car! Unfortunately, I have witnessed school buses and vans doing not heeding the zone. Same for people driving company vehicles. There's a reason we have school zones.
Yesterday on my way home from dropping Tyler off, six cars speed past me. One driver had the nerve to look all crazy at me, like I was doing something wrong. I normally don't take pleasure when bad things happen to others but I have to say, something happened yesterday morning that made me happy. It was a a case of "God don't like ugly". At least in my mind. Here's what happened. I was driving a few blocks from a school zone. I was on a three-lane street in the center lane where the right lane ends as soon as you cross the traffic light. As is customary, many people in the lane that's ending will speed up to get in front of the car in the middle lane. So this crazy maniac came zooming past me and continued to drive like a fool even through the school zone. He was going so fast that he literally popped up a big chuck of the street (there was a pot hole already there). I had to literally swerve to avoid hitting this big ass chunk of granite or whatever the hell the streets are made of. But I digress. At this point I'm screaming and cursing and I swear if this was one of those times when he was driving a company vehicle, I would have dropped dime on him. Any whooo. When we made it to the end of the street, lo and behold, old boy was pulled over on the side of the road and was under the front of his car. Apparently, he had caused some damage to the undercarriage of his vehicle (one could only hope it was severe enough to hurt his wallet). I felt like pulling over and giving him a piece of my mind but you know how crazy people are so instead I kept driving , but this time I had a smile on my face.
Even on days like today when it's dark and rainy outside, people still sped through the school zones. I don't get it. School zones are there for a reason. They protect our kids. Hell, they protect your kids. Drivers, the next time you think about speeding through a school zone, stop and think . Whenever you're going, it will still be there when you arrive.
I admit it. At least once a week I forget my password and/or username to at least one site or app I use. With so many passwords and usernames to remember, there's no wonder I sometimes have a senior moment. Especially with the ridiculous rules we sometimes have to follow when creating our passwords. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad for the added layers of security. But having to come up with passwords that must include a combination of upper and lower case, symbols, numbers and various word lengths sometimes gives me a headache. It's not unusual for me to forget my password as soon as I create it. And don't get me started on the security questions!
Generally, I write my passwords down and yes I know that's probably not a good idea. I'm not dumb enough to write down, say something like: Chase: password xyujtut789. Duh. I use a word association that only I know, that identifies my various accounts. The problem comes when I change my password and forget to write the new one down. I've also had a few instances where I know my password was correct but wouldn't take, so I've have to create a new one. And like I said, unless I remember to write it down, well...
I have considered using a password manager, but the thought of having all of my personal passwords housed online is scary. I understand they claim to be secure but I still don't trust them. PC Magazine has an article listing the best password managers. I'm thinking that I should at least checking a few of them out. But for now, I guess I'll continue forgetting and resetting.
We've all seen the video of the high school student in South Carolina being flipped from her desk and dragged across the room by a police officer. He has subsequently been fired. You've probably read varying opinions, perhaps even offered your own. You may also know there have been calls for both Raven-Symoné and Don Lemon's heads to roll because statements they made on air. The ex-officer has supporters, though. A group of about 100 students have come out in support of the officer and want him reinstated. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Here's mine.
The video is painful to watch and as a mother of a teen, I would be outraged if this would have happened to my son. I certainly don't condone what the officer did. I understand the young lady recently lost her mother and is now living in foster care but my question is, does this justify her behavior? It has been reported that she was non-compliant when asked to put her phone away and then refused to leave the classroom. In my day, when an adult asked you to do something, you did it. Most people of my generation remember their mom giving them, "the look". Sometimes that's all it took. The look. The look that said, "don't let me tell you again." I know from personal experience this same look that used to send shivers up my spine, does not always work with my own child.
If I found myself in this situation, I would want to know why my child didn't simply do what he was told. Tyler knows that if he gets into trouble at school, there will be consequences. In this particular case, it's a tough call because what can a teacher, an administration or a peacekeeper do in this situation? If a student refuses to comply, what then? I certainly feel for her and I pray for her recovery. But ultimately some of the responsibility is on her and students like her who decide they aren't going to comply with a request from a teacher and administrator or yes, even the police. You have to remember that whatever choice you make, there are consequences. I tell Tyler this all of the time. My hope is when faced with similar choices, he'll do the right thing.
The sad thing is, this is not an isolated case of a student not complying. And it's not simply students refusing to put away their cell phone or leave the classroom. Teachers are being terrorized by the very students they are attempting to teach. My fear is that this sad situation will get worse, before it gets better.
Myra Faye Turner, Writer