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What's Wrong With Kids Today

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The two boys are 7 years old and in the first grade at H.W. Longfellow Elementary School on Milwaukee's near south side.

On Thursday, when classes resumed after the holidays, David and Exavier overheard another boy saying he received no gifts for Christmas.

"He didn't have a Christmas tree, so Santa didn't bring him nothing," David said.

There's a kid's logic to that explanation. No tree, so no gifts to go underneath. It's easier than pondering poverty and whatever else was happening at that home.

After school at basketball practice, David and Exavier talked about it and decided what they would do.

David went home and picked a book from his shelf about the talking race car from the movie "Cars."

"I wrapped it. I did by myself," he said.

Exavier took a piece of construction paper and some colored pencils and drew a picture of Longfellow's holiday student play, which the other boy had been in. "I messed up a little bit. I tried to draw everybody," he said. This would be his gift.

On Friday, Exavier quietly tucked the picture inside the desk of the boy skipped by Santa. The boy found it and was happily surprised. Then David handed the wrapped book to the classmate.

It was then that the two teachers in Room 117 realized what was happening. Melony Bukosky and Jodi Hockerman had not orchestrated any of this or discussed it in class. They were witnessing what Bukosky would later describe in a letter to Principal Wendell Smith as "the most amazing random act of kindness by first-graders."

"I was crying my eyes out," said Bukosky, who shared the story with me.

The boy who received the gifts cried, too, and said it felt good to get presents. You hear a lot about bullying at school. This would be its polar opposite. Bukosky told David and Exavier that their gesture had filled her heart with warmth and happiness.

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Whatever. Kids are awesome, you old farts.

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That's awesome but who's saying something is wrong with kids?

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That's awesome but who's saying something is wrong with kids?

Lazy parents who let tv and video games babysit their kids.

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Awesome story and their parents should be very proud

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Maybe the recipient was Muslim or Jewish or a Jehovah's witness and didn't know how to explain that to his classmates?

Either way...it is pretty awesome that kids take the initiative sometimes and surprise the heck out of you.

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At some schools the kid would get in trouble for that.

True story

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At some schools the kid would get in trouble for that.

True story

I was expecting to see that at the end of the article...

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Signs this country is officially going to poo

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This is precisely how you create and entitlement society. This loser kid had a chance to learn a valuable lesson, life isn't fair, having lazy parents equals no Christmas present for you! That experience would have inspired him to work hard and become somebody. Instead, he is now aware that others have more than he does and if he makes them feel guilty, he might get some stuff for free. Bet these do-gooder kids won't feel so great in twenty years when their hard earned tax dollars are going to support this unemployed, disability drawing, reproducing like a rabbit, high as a kite, ward of the state.

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