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Pat McMahon

Learning well

Where do young human beings learn?

Language and safe behavior and driving? Probably for most, at home.

Sexuality, romance and substance abuse? In most cases, friends.

But where do kids learn cruelty?

Babies aren't born mean. It's acquired. Sometimes, if there's anger and violence in the family, that can be passed on, but bullying and harassment seem to be coming from every environment.

Is it the influence of media or the incivility we see on all levels of society, including government, that creates a heartbreaking story like the suicide death of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick of Winter Haven, Florida?

You‘ve heard about it: A 14-year-old classmate and another 12-year-old child perpetually assaulted Sedwick at school and tormented her on the internet even after she changed schools. After Sedwick leaped to her death, the 14-year-old tormentor admitted on Facebook that she bullied Sedwick into killing herself, followed by the phrase "But I don't give a [expletive]."

Where do children learn that kind of chilling indifference and disregard for another life?

I wish I knew.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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