Respecting Others

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Respecting Others

The many problems we face today as a society seem to become more and more

overwhelming. I believe that respect for one other is a big social issue we face today in our

generation of tomorrow. We see this problem in teens, in so many places. For example, in school

there is a lack of respect for students from other fellow students. At home there is a lack of

respect from the children of this generation to their parents. There is also a lack of respect from

young adults to most authoritative figures.

First, the most apparent sign of lack of respect is in the school with students who do not

respect their peers. Most students fail to recognize each other as equals because of differing

economic status, race, and religious beliefs. Not only these situations play prime roles in the

disrespect of others, but also the clubs and organizations one could be associated with. For

example, the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. The complaint brought before the

public from the guilty students was that they were mistreated by the football players of Columbine

High. They were said to have been teased until their life became so miserable that they took their

aggression out - the wrong way - on everybody in the school. The cause of this situation was a

lack of disrespect between the two parties resulting in recurrent retaliation, until one party went

too far. The lack of respect for one another only provided motive for such a situation to become

escalated. If respect had been received from both parties to one another, this situation may could

have been avoided. These problems have not only occurred in Columbine High, but have plagued

high schools across the nation. Fights and shootings have been the...

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...of tomorrow, and principals help to maintain the order of the schools to provide a good learning

environment. How often do you see these figures respected for their involvement? The respect for

these figures from the youth of today is little at all, which is evident by the increasing number of

juvenile halls and camps, In School Suspension units, and Alternative Education Programs for the

ones who do not want to or do not know how to respect other. As a student I have respected my

teachers in the way as I was taught to do, even in times of disagreement on situations and subjects.

Knowing that the majority of the time a teacher has a point, therefore entitling them to the name

teacher, helps to give understanding in this giving of respect. As a young citizen of society I have

always respect the law and its enforcers, for I know that it serves a purpose.
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