One of my mother’s friends’ daughters (“Maggie”) went to sleep-away camp this summer – she is 11, maybe 12. While she was there, a terrible incident occurred wherein she said something to offend some of the other campers in her cabin. A handful of these girls waited until lights out, then attacked Maggie. Some of them held her down; they bound her wrists with duct tape, taped her mouth with duct tape, and held her nose shut. The excuse the counselors gave for not intervening was that they “weren’t sure if the girls were laughing or screaming”. Are you serious? As a counselor, isn’t it your duty to CHECK AND MAKE SURE? What are you getting paid for?!
What did Maggie say that was so offensive to get her terrorized by a group of tween girls? “I like cheeseburgers better,” in response to a discussion at dinner. The camp is a Jewish camp. Cheeseburgers aren’t Kosher.
I’ll pause to let this all sink in.
A non-Orthodox Jewish girl casually expressed a penchant for a non-Kosher food in the presence of Kosher-keeping peers, and their response was to practically attempt to kill her.
It infuriates me and saddens me deeply that this sort of religious brutality is still being taught by parents. Is this the 1500’s? Nazi Germany? How is this considered a viable option in today’s world, by children?
In case you were wondering exactly what kind of parents these girls have: Maggie has been locked in her room since she got home, cries constantly, refuses to eat, and has lost ten pounds. However, since she got home, Maggie’s mother has been inundated by phone calls from the director of the camp, on her personal cell phone, even after dinner, complaining that the parents of the other girls have been calling HIM, complaining that their daughters’ expulsion from camp has ruined THEIR lives. Her response had essentially been, “Are you kidding? They tried to kill my daughter; they’re lucky I’m not pressing charges.” Eventually, she had to subtly threaten to sue the camp for negligence to get the harassment to stop.
Recap: Completely benign, casual comment from girl gets her attacked and smothered by her peers in some sort of misguided religious fury, is completely traumatized, and the parents of the offenders, instead of locking their daughters in their rooms until they turn forty and being grateful they’re not landing in kiddie prison, are complaining about the unfairness of their expulsion from camp.
I don’t think it gets much worse than this, folks. Please raise your children better. 0809-08
To all who thought this post was an April’s Fools Day punk, it was not. The numbers at the end of the story indicate the date it was email submitted which means this one was sent August 9, 2008. If the original writer witnessed these events during the summer, a submission date in August seems plausible. I schedule the stories to be published a week in advance and I didn’t pay much attention to the date of April 1st and what story should be published on that date. I edit for typos and formatting but rarely ever edit for content and the story was published exactly how it was submitted. The blog allows for a greater degree of freedom for readers to then comment on the submitted stories.
The main point, for me, in this story is that the parents of the bullying girls failed completely in teaching courtesy and respect to their children. When the basics of civilized behavior is overlooked, like a building with a poor foundation, the net result is an attitude of entitlement to act in any manner one chooses with no regard for how it will impact others or society. The parents of the bully girls are doing them no favors by protecting the poor dears from the consequences of their actions or reinforcing their faux victimhood.