We’re all glad that the 12 boys and their football coach have been found alive and apparently well.
Once they are evacuated, however, please don’t dramatise their plight and treat them like heroes who’ve just won the World Cup. The real heroes are two English cave specialists, Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, who found the boys, the military personnel and the rescue workers, who toiled days and nights at the site. Moreover, don’t forget farmers whose crops are ruined by water drained from the cave. These villagers and the rescuers are the real heroes.
Meanwhile, I predict TV show hosts will stampede to get the boys on their shows, only to ask them dumb questions. Was it spooky in there? Were you scared? Were you hungry? It’s going to be a media circus. I also predict sporting goods and health food companies will shower the boys with “gifts”, exploiting them to promote their brands. A welcome-back party is fine but don’t over do it – especially you big shots who are craving attention. Don’t give our kids wrong ideas about heroism.
Also, the boys should make good awareness campaigners, urging the public to respect warning signs and realise the logic behind “Do No Enter”.