I am thoroughly disgusted.
Today I, like many Australians, attended an Anzac day march.
For those who do not know what it is, it is a memorial day to remember those who fought in wars in defense of our country, celebrated on the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, April 25.
I was standing near a family that I know consisting of a mother, father and 16 year old daughter, SB. They were there to cheer on the mother’s father on the last ANZAC march he planned to take part in, due to age and poor health.
From the moment the March started all anyone nearby could hear was SB complaining. Admittedly, it was a cool morning but it was not raining and we were lucky enough to be in the sunshine for most of the time. “It’s too cold, I’m bored, I want KFC (at 9.30 am), I want…,” and so it continued through the national anthem and into the commentary of the march. Mother and father ignored her.
When her Grandfather (a WW2 veteran) was about to march past us, SB started yelling “Gimme the keys! I want to go home! Who wants to watch these old F…rs anyway.” At this her father turned and told her to walk home or to be quiet. Her response? “F… Y…!” Her Grandfather looked heartbroken hearing this but marched to the end with his regiment. SB then started abusing anyone and everything around her. The language even shocked some of the returned sailors!
After the march was over, and the service was about to start, SB cranked her behavior up a notch. She walked across the street, interrupting the ceremonial wreath laying, with her phone stuck to her ear and talking loudly about her friends and comparing sexual exploits. When SB reached the curb she turned around and started to walk back again. A police officer tried to talk to her but after being verbally abused she took SB by the arm and led her away.
Through the whole matter many people tried asking SB to be quieter, giving her hard looks and shushing her. I and several others were told where to go and what to do when we got there.
Was there anything else we could have done? 0425-12
Children like this are a shame to their parents who, frankly, have parented them to this point of complete selfishness and disrespect for others. As a parent myself, I may choose to not create more drama in public by confronting her but there would be serious ramifications for her upon arriving home, such as terminating her cell phone service, cutting off the internet to her computer, no car, no parties, zippo/nada for a looong time.
There was nothing else you or anyone else could have done. Someone alerted the police who took action so it appears that it ended as best as can be expected.