It isn't enough to discuss appropriate discipline for these children: we must also try to understand the "hows" and "whys," and an excellent blog by John M Grohol, PsyD, discusses the psychology surrounding the incident. Although Grohol neglects to mention a central issue -- sin -- his explanation sheds light on bullying and the perfect storm that could occur when the following factors are mixed together:
- disappearing values (such as respect for the vulnerable, adults, and senior citizens);
- a lack of discipline and personal responsibility from parents;
- mob mentality;
- environments with insufficient adult supervision; and
- adult supervisors that are neither properly equipped -- nor adequately empowered -- to enact swift, appropriate discipline.