Friday, June 11, 2010

Playing by the Rules

The June 7, 2010 issue of New York magazine features the story of Teddy Graubard, a brilliant prep school student who committed suicide.

We need to remember people like Teddy Graubard.

Jesse Green writes in "A Suicide at Dalton:" "Perhaps the most double-edged of Teddy's binary qualities was his sense of honor, of living by the rules: Even in a world of 'cutthroat Dalton private-school things,' Beaton says, 'He was not the type of kid who would let someone say something bad about a friend in front of him.' Another friend recalled how with a shake of his finger he would chide classmates for texting in class. 'Teddy's moral code was incredibly strict,' says Stephen Puschel, who, with his brother Andrew, tutored Teddy, tag-team style, four days a week. 'He took honesty and integrity more seriously than almost anyone I ever met.'"


Gary Freedman said...

I have a serious problem with federal law enforcement officers who have no problem with lawyers -- officers of the U.S. Courts in DC -- who file false sworn statements with government agencies.

There's something wrong with those officers' moral sense. My take is that their notion of "right and wrong" is coextensive with what it will take to hold onto employment. That's all. They have no independent, inner sense of right and wrong. It's disturbing to me.

Gary Freedman said...