With school shootings over recent years nearly always being attributed to students who had been mocked or otherwise abused, and couldn’t take it any more, I was struck by a current car commercial. The idea of the commercial is that the car is so great you don’t actually need to go anywhere in it, you can just hang out in the car.
So these three guys are parked in it, waiting for a friend. The friend comes out of his house and gets in, and says, “So where do you want to go?”, and the others just stare at him as if he said something really stupid. Finally, one of the three repeats, “So where do you want to go?”, and you can tell that the intent is to put down the guy who said it.
My question for current and recent high schoolers is this: Is this subtle mocking really so pervasive in late adolescent culture these days? I have to say it’s pretty depressing. If I were a pre-teen seeing things like that I’d dread high school. As it was in my own experience, I remember virtually never being subjected to abuse or mocking, and in one or two very definite ways I could have been considered a likely target.