I was checking my blog stats, and a blog post I wrote back in January about Chuck Norris seemed to be getting an unusual amount of traffic, so I had to investigate why.
Turns out, a couple of high school kids in New Jersey put Chuck Norris’ name on a ‘hit list.’
Chuck Norris, being a class act, put out this thoughtful statement when he heard about the arrests:
“When I learned yesterday [Wednesday] of the story about a high school student in New Jersey faced with expulsion from school and possible other problems after being charged with compiling a ‘hit list’ that contained my name, my first instinct was to say nothing. Not to risk making something out to be bigger than it is.
“But I realize that this is not the best course, for such behaviors are exactly the warning signs we have ignored for far too long, emanating from a growing at-risk population of young people in this country.
“In today’s world, we must always be vigilant, not just in stepping up protection and emergency preparedness in schools, but in reaching out to those lost souls who feel marginalized and disenfranchised by the world around them.
“It is what I have been doing for more than a decade with my ‘KickStart’ program, which began in Houston, Texas, teaching 150 at-risk children martial arts as part of the PE curriculum. Since that time, our program, which instills discipline and respect and raises self-esteem, has grown to serve more than 6,000 youngsters year round at 37 schools in Dallas and Houston, Texas. To date, KickStart has graduated more than 40,000 students with many going on to college and becoming successful in their own right.
“My hope is that, should there be substance to these charges, we will not distance ourselves from this young man, but embrace him and give him the help he needs to get on the right path.”
His statement just confirms what a great guy Chuck Norris is.
All I’ve got to say about those two kids, if they were serious, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!