The internet is abuzz with a new name – Amos Yee. If you have been under a rock, the teenager posted up a YouTube video mocking Christianity and insulted Lee Kuan Yee who recently passed, plunging the most of Singapore into a week of mourning. I refuse to watch the video. At time of writing, he was being charged with 3 offences and is out on bail. His father told reporters after the charges were read, that he wanted to take the opportunity to apologise to Prime Minister Lee. His mother, apparently, had also filed a police report as she is unable to control her son.

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I glanced through the articles written and this picture made me sad. The worry and sadness on his parents’ face got to me. It must be a time of heartache and immense stress, having to go to court because your child is in trouble. And for a mother to report her own child to the police? The situation must have hit rock bottom before such a drastic action is taken.

My heart goes out to Amos’ parents. I don’t know them, nor their family background/history. It seems like their child is channeling his energies and efforts in trying to get attention. Does this stem from not getting enough attention from his loved ones? From some of his “writings”, he writes pretty well for a teenager and at times, almost coherently. Is this a case of misguided youth? Or a drastic call for help?

Many have jumped on the bandwagon and called him an attention seeker.

“Throw him in jail, he’d learn!”
“He must be suffering from ADHD. Seek help.”
“Own parents cannot control, let the laws deal with him”.
“Schools should change their curriculum to inculcate good values and morals.”

I wish strangers would just STFU and stop being bloody keyboard warriors. Schools should change curriculum? Seriously?! My personal take is, values and morals are learnt AT HOME. The home environment is crucial. From parents, guardians, grandparents, adults. School can only enhance, help and guide. As for the ADHD comment, who made you doctor? Such terms being thrown around loosely just creates stigma, both for children who suffer from the condition and their parents.

I think it’s easy to call him a si-gi-na (stupid kid – literal Hokkien translation) which I admit, was the exact term I called him when the news first broke. However, we do not know the full story and more often than not, traditional media present such stories in a manner that creates biasness in our heads.

So let us be kind and keep all pointless comments and judgement to ourselves. As it is, it is hard enough being parents.

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