Sen. Flake, Rep. Heck apologize for their sons after teens' offensive tweets, online comments are discovered

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  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    June 15, 2013 1:11 p.m.


    Murray, UT

    If these were legislators had (D) after their names, the press would never have reported these incidents.

    Nor would they have reported if the racial slurs were made against Whites.

    First of all this is untrue and by saying this you are doing the same thing as the boys, you are insulting people. I believe the whole point of the article is to stop this sort of behavior not add to it by insulting other groups that you disagree with.

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    June 15, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    Our five kids all grew up with the same ethics, example and religious training/activity/commitment...

    My 3 girls "got the picture" growing up in our home. They would defend the defenseless, speak out against injustice and never put up with bigotry or rudeness. The two boys- not so much. Because of heavy sports schedules, "locker room banter", or testosterone? Who knows, but they never "got" the damage that can be hurtful through unfunny jokes or ethnic slurs.

    All of them had stellar examples from family on all sides. They have friends of many different ethnicities and languages. They just see ethnic labels as simple jousting and don't "get" what all the fuss is about. They put up with name-calling and "joking around", so they figure folks should focus on serious issues. They are Italian, Arabic and English; their step-dad Norwegian.

    While I see their viewpoint, I also see the potential for ugliness and superior attitudes. So while they respect our house rules, they still don't see how nick-names can lead to bullying and\or violence. I see it as being anti-Jesus and His teachings.

    When they have children, hope they "get it".

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 15, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    I would say that these kids are reflecting the environment they are in... not necessarily the parents.... but those they see as their peers. As a parent, we try to teach out kids that who they hang around, who they look up to, who they try to please is probably one of the most important decisions one can make.

    I will take the senators apologies at face value....

    I am sure besides the apologies, these kids need to broaden their scope of influences. Obviously the ones they have now are leading in them in a poor direction.

    And parents need to understand that kids don't always understand the perspective some comments are made, and need to filter themselves a little in what they say around those who don't understand what political rhetoric really is.

  • John Wilson Idaho Falls, 00
    June 15, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    According to the article, Flake's son did apologize. Additionally, Sen. Flake apologized. The article is not as clear as to whether Rep. Heck's son did his own apology.

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    June 15, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    Again we have the parents apologizing for bad behavior for their children! Sen Flake's son knows his father is a public figure, what lack of respect this young man showed for his fellow man and his father. Is he going to go on a mission? Hope he doesn't get sent to Mexico or South America. The son should have apologized on the same public forums where he made the original comments.

  • Levin Hightstown, NJ
    June 15, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    The boys did apologize, ostensibly in the forum where the offense took place. I don't think I want a press conference every time a kid has to apologize for something stupid they said online, even if their dad or mom is a public figure.

    I think the fathers showed both that they take responsibility for their parenting, and that they expect their children to be responsible for their own actions.

  • brightness Taylorsville, UT
    June 15, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    As children, we learn from our parents by their actions, words they say, and they are ingrained in us forever. The family may not have a exposure to other ethnic groups. There are diversity courses available that teach cultural sensitivity, if the want to learn.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    June 15, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    If these were legislators had (D) after their names, the press would never have reported these incidents.

    Nor would they have reported if the racial slurs were made against Whites.

    I agree with those who say that the boys themselves should apologize. They are old enough to know better, and to apologize for themselves.

  • liahona Westbank, BC
    June 14, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    Agree Sally. These boy should have apologized. This is a case of parents not allowing their kids to be responsible for their actions.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    June 14, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    Would have been even better if the boys had written or publicly apologized rather than the fathers apologizing for them.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 14, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    Kids say the darndest things...