The video was disturbing.

A boy slaps and berates and then chokes unconscious a special-needs man and then posts it on social media.

Videos of this sort have cropped up now and then, usually in metropolitan areas, and we usually decry the horror of the incident along with a few complaints about “damn kids these days,” and forget about it.

This was different.

This happened in Pittsburg, Kan., at a local park.

The vicious attack should be a wake-up call — we live in a culture that is lost. That does not understand the difference between right and wrong.

We know that incidents like this are a symptom of a larger issue, in the name of “inclusivity” and “tolerance” we have reached a point in which to point out that certain things are simply wrong. Some things truly are “black and white.”

There is no one cause of this decline. We hesitate to blame any one factor, to point fingers at “violent video games,” or “violent movies,” or any of the myriad causes and complaints left or right trot out after these sorts of incidents.

At the end of the day, it comes back to parents.

Parents need to be aware of what their children are up to. They need to know where they are and what they are doing. They need to not excuse their children for their bad behavior. …

We do not believe this incident is indicative of Pittsburg as a whole. Pittsburg is a wonderful community filled with good people who love their community and their children and — judging by a comments section — are rightly horrified at what happened recently at Schlanger Park.

We commend the people who saw the video and stepped up to report it to law enforcement. We commend law enforcement for taking swift action to identify and charge the alleged attacker.

We hope this will be a wake-up call for that young boy and his parents, before he goes further down a dark path that leads nowhere good.

We hope too, this will be a wake-up call for Pittsburg that this sort of bullying and viciousness is not limited to big cities, that it can and will happen anywhere.

— GateHouse Kansas