We were all kids once and heard the old saying "kids these days" from our elders unhappy with the way culture had changed. Inevitably, however, we turn into those adults and, without fail, there are times when we think the same thing.
This week the newspaper has been filled with a second bomb threat in two months at one school, as well as a brutal "bully club" where students would attack unsuspecting classmates and then post videos online at another.
Kids these days, indeed.
These are more than instances of "kids being kids." They are criminal offenses and the perpetrators should be punished accordingly. Maybe those punishments can serve as a wake-up call to some teen that needs a push in the right direction.
Fortunately, these stories aren't the norm. Our Valley schools are filled with smart, talented and ambitious kids, many of whom are laying the foundation for productive and successful lives thanks to educators, coaches and parents right here.
So on days when you read about the bully club, remember these kids, too:
Our Young Americans, like Selinsgrove's Nisha Orren and Kyle Owens of Northumberland Christian. Orren has been her class vice president for four years and is co-captain of the Seals' successful field hockey team, yet still finds time to be the yearbook co-editor. And Owens, an Eagle Scout who wants to join the Marine Corps after graduation.
Students from Danville and Shikellamy have always been successful in forensics and it continues. Danville won a district tournament to reach a national event in Alabama in June. Shikellamy will send a group of eight to nationals in Philadelphia over Memorial Day.
Over the past few months students around the region have been hard at work in preparation for spring productions, building sets, running lines and more. This weekend five schools will have their shows, including Lewisburg, Warrior Run, Danville, Mifflinburg and Mount Carmel.
And what about Ryan Solomon and Adriana Grabski, who each claimed PIAA championships to cap the winter sports season. Solomon, a senior at Milton who will go to Pittsburgh on a wrestling scholarship, finished a perfect season on the mat with his second state wrestling championship and ended the year No. 1 in the nation at his weight class. Grabski, a junior from Mifflinburg -- a school that doesn't even have a swim team -- won two state swim titles, breaking decade-old state records as well.
Remember kids like this, too.