I recently sat through the Mineral County Fair Queen pageant and watched the young girls stand up there and speak and represent their county and I was so proud of them.

By Barbara High
bhigh@newstribune.info
Tribune Staff Writer
I recently sat through the Mineral County Fair Queen pageant and watched the young girls stand up there and speak and represent their county and I was so proud of them.
What I was not proud of was the audience.
I was shocked as I sat and heard adults loudly laugh and criticize some of the girls. I honestly was shocked!
First, these were adults; people who are responsible for teaching their children about bullying and being kind to each other, and here they were behaving worse than children and doing exactly what we ask children in this day and age not to do.
It is the same people that probably sit behind their keyboards on social media complaining about bullying in today’s society, all while they are setting a prime example of it themselves.
Do you have any idea how hard it is for these young girls to get up there and walk in formal wear in front of a crowd while being judged? How they have to answer questions on the spot? They have to sing or say a promotion they have written themselves. It must be terrifying! Now add on top of that being laughed at by adults … why would anyone want to do that?
I am so tired of seeing adults talk about bullying and then turn around and do it themselves. All the while setting an example for kids to see.
Did they not get the memo? You know, the one that says we’re adults and now we should start behaving as such?
Apparently not, because that was rude, ignorant, and unacceptable.
How dare you take a young and impressionable young woman who is standing on stage in front of a crowd and tear her down! We are to build these young ladies up. To remind them of their worth. To teach them to respect themselves and others by respecting them and setting a good example.
If as an adult you find yourself making fun of others and tearing others down, or rudely laughing and making fun of a young girl on a stage, well you officially failed at being an adult. You have missed out on a big step of “growing up” and you are part of the problem with society today.
How many times do we have to say it? Basic kindergarten rules, people: be kind, considerate, share, etc. it’s not that hard.
 One look at social media and it is evident that many people didn’t get the memo. The behavior of some of the adults I see, the bashing, and name calling, it’s ridiculous. And then in the next sentence they are complaining about the kids these days. Which set, I wonder? The actual kids or the grown up big ones who are acting like a group of self-entitled mean toddlers?
Just stop and ask yourselves tthese questions: is what I am about to say or do childish behavior that would make a normal adult cringe? Is it ignorant and rude,  unacceptable behavior for a person of my age?
If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then maybe you should rethink what you’re doing.
On behalf of the well mannered grown ups in the world, we’re begging you to think about this …. because nobody likes a bully!
Just saying….