R-E-S-P-E-C-T ~ Find Out What It Means To Me

All right call me crazy, but if you are standing before a judge charged with a crime, especially a drug charge, do you think that laughing at the judge while he is speaking is a good thing to do???

That is what happened in a Florida courtroom this week.  An 18yr old girl was charged with possession of so many “bars” of Xanax.  Don’t know what “bars” of Xanax means, but I think most of us know what Xanax is.  It is a highly addictive drug.

This young woman laughed and was so shocked when the judge began by placing her under a $5,000 Bond.  When she continued to laugh and give him a huge eyed look and then walk away saying “Adios!”, he called her back to the bench and upped her Bond to $10,000 Bond.  At this she was downright rude and abusive to the Judge.  As she walked away she “flipped him the bird” and said, “F- -K You!”  Once again the Judge called her back and asks her if she just said what he thinks she said.  She said, “Yes, sir I did, I’m not gonna lie.”  The Judge in turn told her she was in contempt of court and sentences her to 30 days in jail.  This young girl then smiles and says, “That’s ok.”

When are we as a nation going to teach our children to be respectful for authority which includes parents, teachers and all authority.  Where does this girl get off being such a smarty pants with a Judge???  I am disappointed, but not surprised that this is going on.

Where does it come from???  You tell me, but I believe that it is the realm of the parents to teach their children to be respectful, courteous and just all around good people.  Is it a lack of faith teaching???  Are the kids not being taught about God???  I believe this is the case.  I would love to hear what you think.

Sandy Ozanich (c)

7 thoughts on “R-E-S-P-E-C-T ~ Find Out What It Means To Me

  1. If this young woman is a product of a dysfunctional family and poor and irresponsible parenting, it is scary to think how her children may end up. When neither parents nor schools take any responsibility in providing values and moral training, it is no wonder that this young woman knows nothing about respect and manners. The surprising thing is that many Christians today are not necessarily good examples to the world, either. If we were truly the salt of the earth and light of the world and believed in 2 Chronicles 7:14 maybe there would be some hope for a better society, nation, and world. But you are right, teaching about God and His standards is absent in many homes. I hope sitting in the can for 30 days will give the woman time to reflect on her life and she will find the Lord. When we did prison ministry there were many who had to be incarcerated, to stop them in their tracks and to find Jesus waiting to save them and turn their lives around. “Lord, save this women from going to hell. In Jesus name. Amen.”

  2. What a story! I feel that it is not just respect for authority that is lacking – it is respect for all human beings. This girl probably behaves like this with everyone, even friends and family members. So a judge would be no different to her. I am not sure that it is teaching about God that is needed; it is teaching about morals, if you like – right and wrong. You have to carry around a personal code of behavior. Some parents just don’t seem to have given their children that code.

  3. Can’t blame everything on parents but they do play an important part of it. Media might take some of the blame. You ask good questions!

    • Thanks for your comment. I agree that the media can take a nice big part of the blame. When things like this happen the media grab it and replay it all the time. It makes these kids feel popular and they love that. We need parents to put their feet heavier on the ground and the media to not glorify the criminal element.


      • Totally agree. Think maybe they need more restrictions when it comes to violent movies in theatres.

  4. I agree with you. I can’t for the life of me understand the meanness of some people. Children of this era are being exposed to many things via of movies and TV (Walt Disney is turning over in his “refrigerated grave”) …so much filth and attitude. My own granddaughter has been reprimanded by me and her mom when she started to express herself in unflattering ways that we immediately identified as the attitudes of the kids on some of these so-called kid shows. You know the ones, with the sassy kids who always have a come back to their dismissive tv parents…with a laugh track, no less. On some days it seems so hopeless and challenging to raise a child in this era. I have to pray for extra strength. Even when we have done our best….will it be enough?

    • You mention other pet peeves of mine. Kids today have so much “stuff” downloaded into their
      precious brains that unless parents totally censor their tv viewing we will have more of the
      same and even worse!

      God bless you for your perseverance. . .not an easy task. I have 4 grandchildren myself!


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