Americans have been repeatedly told in recent weeks that as teenagers are the future of this country, they must be listened to for their opinions on important policy matters.
Some have even gone so far as to suggest lowering the voting age to allow more teens the opportunity to have a say in how the country is governed, while at the same time demanding the minimum age to purchase a firearm be raised, since teenagers are immature and impulsive.
Of course, these teens we are being told to listen to are the same teens that not so long ago were partaking in the idiotic trend of eating Tide Pod laundry detergent capsules, or doing a host of other stupid and ignorant teenage things.
Along those lines, Fox News recently reported on a terribly stupid mistake made by a teenage girl taking a drivers test that luckily didn’t result in any major injuries or death.
As the girl was about to begin the driving portion of her test, she mistakenly placed the car in “drive” instead of “reverse.”
The end result of that rookie mistake was that the vehicle plowed into the building in front of the driver instead of backing out of the parking spot.
The StarTribune reported that when the 17-year-old girl from Monticello stepped on the accelerator, the car suddenly lurched forward over the curb and smashed halfway through the wall and window of the examination office, leaving broken glass and bricks on the sidewalk and inside the waiting area.
Though the car and building suffered significant damage, the young girl emerged from the incident unhurt. Nor was anybody inside the building injured by the accident either.
The 60-year-old examiner who was administering the test, however, was ultimately taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Buffalo Police Department in Minnesota posted a picture of the incident’s aftermath to their Facebook page along with a brief summary of what had occurred.
They made clear in the post that “no charges are pending” in relation to the accident.
It is unlikely that the teen was texting while operating the vehicle, given she was about to engage in a driving test for her license, but that all-too-common practice among young people has led to far too many tragic accidents and premature deaths for teenagers.
To be sure, there are plenty of teens who are smart and informed and capable of being engaged on the issues, and they are most certainly entitled to their opinions and have a role to play in broader conversations about matters that have an effect on their lives.
That said, those teens are most likely vastly outnumbered by those who are far less informed and engaged and really only “know” what has been drilled into their heads by teachers and the media.
In other words, there are still a lot of stupid teenagers doing stupid things, and America should exercise caution in allowing too great a decision-making role to them on matters that have an effect on everybody — particularly when our rights and freedom are concerned — lest we want our country to end up like that car pictured above.
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