Respect must be earned

AFTER reading comments about the manners of Priestley College students and young people in general, there are always two sides.

On one of my rare visits to Warrington I witnessed the other side.

While walking slowly towards the entrance to Debenhams I saw a young lad, aged about 14 or 15 open the door of a shop for an elderly couple who passed him without a glance or a thank you, followed by others who ignored the boy.

Again travelling home on the bus from a club meeting, a woman about my age (in her 80s) was immediately offered a seat by a student who seemed embarrassed by the heartfelt thanks he received. Seemingly he was not used to being thanked.

We were always taught that respect must be earned, how can we expect it if we older folk don’t show it.

Please don’t judge all by the thoughtlessness of a few.

BRENDA HEATON Warrington

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2:47pm Sat 28 Dec 13

ChristoB says...

It is about time someone spoke up about the appallingly bad behaviour and total lack of respect of so many young people these days. Anyone who has had the misfortune to be on a bus used by school children or students these days will soon witness first hand just how bad things are.
The problem is that the majority of parents can't be bothered to teach their children manners, how to behave and show respect to others - particularly so the elderly. By the time these brats become of school age the damage is done and teachers and tutors are themselves demeaned by poor the behaviour. Standards have certainly fallen to an appallingly low level.


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It is about time someone spoke up about the appallingly bad behaviour and total lack of respect of so many young people these days. Anyone who has had the misfortune to be on a bus used by school children or students these days will soon witness first hand just how bad things are. The problem is that the majority of parents can't be bothered to teach their children manners, how to behave and show respect to others - particularly so the elderly. By the time these brats become of school age the damage is done and teachers and tutors are themselves demeaned by poor the behaviour. Standards have certainly fallen to an appallingly low level. r ChristoB

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