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November 23, 2009 - Heather Ziegler
Text, text, text. That's all I see people doing. Doesn't anyone want to talk anymore? Texting is causing a lot of problems these days. At Marshall University, text messages circulated last week that 50 gang members were expected in the city over the weekend to retaliate an earlier attack. Students panicked and many went home. Parents panicked and made their children come home or promise to stay in their dorms all weekend. Yeah, right. That's going to work. It turns out that the messages were a hoax, or at best, an extreme exaggeration of the truth. Then there was a bunch of kids at a school who texted one another and suggested that they beat up red-haired students. Then the messages circulated around the student body. Who thinks these things up? People sure get brave when they hide behind phones and computer screens to send out their mean messages. Parents, if you think your kiddies are just playing on their cell phones and Facebook and such, you need to take a closer look. Maybe if you texted your kids that you want to talk with them they might meet you at the kitchen table for a face-to-face conversation. Remember when people looked one another in the eye and you could tell if they were telling the truth? I guess people would rather hide behind a screen. The same goes for many mean-spirited comments on our stories, editorials and columns. The same appears to be happening at a local Catholic church. Some people are sending unsigned letters to the priests indicating some of their displeasures with the clergy, etc. It's easy to take a shot at someone when the other person doesn't know where it's coming from. Cowards.
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