By Emilee G.
Washington, Age 14
Imagine sitting in the mall with your three year old sister, outside the store your mom is in. Sitting quietly on the bench you hear others conversations as they walk by, you then hear “@!*#” you quickly cover her ears, but it’s too late, she quickly responds with “What is @!*#?” It’s now up to you to explain why it’s a bad word. Where do kids pick up this language? Why do they use it? And why is this problem?
More and more, youths are cussing frequently. The problem is they use it everywhere, in public, at schools, and even in front of kids. Based on a recent survey of high school students, 88% thought it was ok to cuss in public, though only 22% said it was right to cuss in front of kids. Aren’t there kids in public? What about school? 61% said it was right to cuss in school, and according to staff and students at area high school, kids even bad mouth teachers (Madden, 1). This is not acceptable, what happen to respecting your elders? IS this just a stage for kids? Or is it they don’t get taught respect anymore? Ever a better question, where do they hear and learn this language?
Cursing is hears everywhere, on television, in music, at school, and even at home. Laura Lee comments “I understand why people are doing this: You almost can’t find a song, video game, television, anything without a curse word.” Though it is found everywhere, why do kids repeat it? According to Kinneri Valia, “A child’s mind is like a sponge and absorbs whatever it hears…” Some even think its “cool” behavior. Maybe, parents believe they feel they must raise there kids with little or no control (Brazelton, 1). According to a recent survey by high school kids, 50% said their parents said its fine for them to curse. Many may ask “what are some solutions?”
Many have taken action to stop the rising popularity of bad language. An anti-swearing law is still on the books in Michigan, which carries a penalty up to 90 days in jail and $100 fine (Lusk, 1), or in some schools police are assigned to give out tickets with $103 fines (Gott, 1). Do these laws and punishments work? Well Ayala says “It’ll stop me from swearing.” I think this is an action we can take to stop cussing in public areas and at school. A good idea that Bremerton high school has done id establish an anti-swearing campaign, in two weeks, they had a total of 993 kids sign up to pledge. I think this is a great idea to bring cussing to an end, it allows the kids to make the choice themselves, and it’s not forcing them.
Now imagine walking in the mall with your three year old sister with on foul knowing you don’t have the fear of her learning those words? Now just imagine no one saying bad language. This word would have more respects for their elder, teachers, parents, and even each other.