Teach youth to accept defeat graciously

I watched on TV with amusement and some degree of indignation at how a large number of Mrs Hillary Clinton's supporters collectively threw their toys out of the pram when the election result went against their candidate ("Protesters take to US streets over Trump victory"; ST Online, yesterday).

A democratic vote for Mr Donald Trump prompted groups of Clinton supporters to march in protest, burn American flags and abuse anyone in their path who had the temerity to vote differently from them.

It did not escape my attention that these mobs consisted largely of entitled millennials. I can only hope and pray that this deluded mentality does not pervade our shores.

The level of discord created over an election result that went sour for them is no excuse to behave like hoodlums.

It is of the utmost importance to educate our young that in life, you cannot always get what you want, and to impart to them the importance of taking defeat graciously.

Bradley Christopher Boon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2016, with the headline 'Teach youth to accept defeat graciously'. Print Edition | Subscribe