Excuse me, where are America's manners?

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift at the Video Music Awards and a congressman shouting liar in the middle of a presidential speech, not to mention Serena Williams cussing out an official, all makes one wonder if society as a whole has become more rude.

A music artist, congressman, and tennis player all ended up apologizing for their outbursts.

"It was rude period," admitted Kanye West to Jay Leno Monday night.

However, does this uncalled for behavior say something about our culture?

"I'm really happy for you, I'm going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time," said West to music artist Taylor Swift at the VMAs.

"You Lie," shouted Rep. Joe Wilson (R) South Carolina at President Barack Obama's address to Congress.

"And they think well, if these grown people are doing it, you know, I can do it too," said Angelina College Instructor of Psychology Benetha Jackson.

However, the Tulane Kid's Academy Pre-Kindergarten students are learning now rude behavior is not tolerated.

"I wait my turn to talk," said student Chloe Camp.

"I share my toys," said another student Wil Stafford.

Kylie Scott, also a student said, "I follow the directions."

"We say excuse me," said student Rylon Reagan.

"I listen to my teachers all the time and follow their instructions," said student Carter Jinkins.

"We just try to encourage the good things that there's enough out there that is going to teach them things they don't need to know," said Owner and Director of Tulane Kid's Academy Jill Carswell.

Carswell said as adults, manners are something we should've learned a long time ago.

Some said rudeness is often encouraged in our society.

"We don't punish that behavior. We buy their tickets, we rewarded the [congressman] with more donations," said Jackson.  "You know we bought Kanye's albums."

Jackson said stress is partially to blame, but some behavior is more acceptable in society than it was in the past.

"We all are passionate about what we believe but we still are responsible for our behavior," said Jackson.  "But, we need to learn to control it before we end up saying stuff that we can't take back."

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