There are a few threads going on about the Northbrook HS girls hazing incident. One reason I suspect this is getting so much pub is that the north shore suburbs of Chicago are extremely wealthy. I think folks are surprised at the extreme behavior committed and tolerated by these children of privilege, as well as their parents’ apparent toleration if not assistance in such acts.
Also in the news right now, are a couple of incidents from the western suburbs, where families went on vacation over spring break, and friends of the families’ high school kids threw wild parties and trashed the houses. http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_134201330.html
One of these occurred in Glen Ellyn/Wheaton, and the other in Hinsdale.
You may recall an incident earlier this school year, where a group of HS boys in Hinsdale videotaped themselves having sex with a semi- or unconscious teenage girl in one of the boys’ homes.
For those of you unfamiliar with the western suburbs, Hinsdale and Glen Ellyn, and to a lesser extent Wheaton, are at or near the top of their county in terms of household income, house price, etc.
These events got me wondering. At the other end of the spectrum, in very impoverished communities, perhaps teenage misbehavior may be exhibited in gang or crime behavior.
But I don’t seem to hear of events as extreme as these coming from - say - more middle class or working class communities. Is this an accurate perceptionon my part, or is it just that hazing and vandalism committed by middle class kids is not publicized as widely.
If my perception is correct, and there seems to be a correlation between such extreme misbehavior and wealth, what do you imagine might be reasons for such a correlation?
(NOTE: one reason I am concerned is that I live in one of the western suburbs mentioned above, and my kids apparently go to school with the kids who do these things. I’m trying to figure out what might cause my neighbor kids to go so wrong, and what I can to to keep my kids from acting similarly.)