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January 17, 2014


Those of you who follow me know that I have written recently a bit on violence with our society, especially as it impacts schools and students. I find it amazingly troubling to have come to the place we are with this, especially when I think about the intent of education and what it is turning into before our very eyes.

Education is a privilege! That has not changed. To be granted the opportunity to learn and better oneself – to be transported to and from a place of learning, I’m continually astounded at the transformation of our society — and not for the better. I don’t think it is okay for parents to have to worry about the safety of their children when they send them off to school. I don’t think it is okay for educators to have to risk their lives just to be able to maintain their jobs and teach our children. And last but not least, I do not think it is absolutely wrong for us to become complacent about this and regretfully that is what I see happening before my very eyes.

There was a shooting today in a Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two 15-year old children were injured! Are things getting so awful that we have to have the number of injured reach double digits before the incident truly becomes newsworthy and gains serious public attention? Do children or teachers have to die before the incident is deemed significant?

Government Officials

Government Officials

Where are we going with this? Don’t we need to ask ourselves and take ownership of the society we are witnessing around us? Don’t we need to make this more of a priority and demand immediate call to action by government officials, law enforcement officials or others who can actually help and do something about it?

Kent State, May 4, 1970

Kent State, May 4, 1970

I grew up at a time the entire country was devastated over an incident in Kent Ohio because innocent college students were shot at and killed while peacefully protesting the Cambodian Campaign, a military action then-President Richard Nixon announced a few days prior as a very violent strategy and mission to begin in the Viet Nam war. Ohio National Guard opened fire against the unarmed students, shooting and killing four and wounding nine others.

Well, we have “progressed” to the level where students are opening fire on other students and school employees and personnel, who are defenseless. And it is not happening as a response to any cause or protest against violence; it is simply a display of violence for the sake of being violent!

Don’t people have the right to keep themselves safe? Don’t parents have the right to insist that something be done NOW to know that when they send their son or daughter off to school in the morning, they will return home safely to them?

I implore you not to turn a deaf, unconcerned ear to the continued increase in violence in schools. Begin by talking to other parents or neighbors who have the same concerns you do and join forces. Find a way to make your voices heard in your local communities so something is done now, before it is too late!

Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

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