As I said in my last post, I am currently cleaning out over 20 years of resources, media clippings and the like … I thought that I would share another with you. This one comes from the Daily Telegraph in April 2008 and still goes down as one of the best things I have ever read on the subject of young people – hard to believe that I would ever say that about the ‘Tele’ but you’ve got to give credit where credit is due!
Brock Curtis-Mathew had found himself in the headlines when he dove into the sea to try to rescue his 16 year old mate, Peter Edmonds off Lighthouse Beach in northern NSW. With the shark circling, Brock helped his
seriously injured schoolfriend back to the beach and then ran to raise the
alarm. Unfortunately his efforts were in vain as his friend died shortly afterwards.
almost back on the beach I just went back into the water to help him,” he was reported as saying at the time. “I could
see the dark shape of a shark but I just wanted to get him out.”
Unfortunately, the link to Fiona’s original piece is not operational but I would like to highlight three sections that clearly show what she was trying to get across …
“For all of us, his story should be a lesson learned – never judge a teenager by his flannie.”
take drugs, they skip school, they shoplift …. But they’re hardly in the
majority. The rest, between seeing the school counsellor after being
bullied, or managing an eating disorder while waiting up late each night to
catch five minutes with Mum and her boyfriend, not to mention remembering to
take their ADHD drugs, well they aren’t doing too badly.”
there. Surely we can cop the good ones a break and stop this collective
whingeing about today’s youth …”
I couldn’t say it better myself!
It is all too easy to focus on the negative, particularly when it comes to our young people. There will always be examples of those who do the ‘wrong thing’ and they get so much attention because they feed into all the stereotypes that exist about ‘out-of-control teens’, but there are also so many amazing young people that never get any attention.Wouldn’t it be great to give them a little bit of media time once in a while?