I've had a few minutes to browse the headlines this morning and found this on Fox News. I know terrible, shocking things happen every day, but I think this really bothered me on a couple of levels.
The story is about a group of third graders who plotted to kill their special education teacher because she scolded a child who was standing on his chair.
I think I find this so disturbing because I have a third grader. Also, while I know this seed for destruction lies within the hearts of all sinful, depraved human beings, I cannot help but wonder if a few things help that seed to grow:
1. An entertainment industry bent on exploiting the worst of human nature and making it accessible to everyone, regardless of age or station in life, all in the name of freedom of expression.
2. Parents who refuse to discipline their children.
3. Parents who refuse to shield their children from the violence and sexuality in the media.
4. Teachers who try, and try, and try to discipline and teach children, who pour their lives into the kids, but cannot take the place of a parent who won't parent.
5. School administrators who won't/can't handle problem children.
6. Doctors, parents, and teachers who are more interested in medicating children than solving the root problems in the family (when most of these medications can often make psychotic episodes more likely!).
Something is so wrong here! I know that stuff like this has always happened somewhere or another throughout history. I know that the information is so much more accessible than in generations past.
But doesn't the culture FEEL different now than when we were in school?? What has changed?? What can we do to make it better??
*sigh* Now I'm all depressed.
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