A Lack of Boundaries Invites a Lack of Respect: School Violence, Crumbling Educational System and Greasy-Palmed Politicians part one
My brother, Warren, said it correctly when he posted on Facebook, “What in the hell is going on?” (Read his entire post at the bottom of this article.) Yes, I agree what is going on? Why hasn’t Congress done anything about these horrible mass shootings? Schools use to be safe!
Warren and I would never have thought of bringing a gun to school. We kept our hands off the rifle our father had kept in his bedroom closet. We knew where he kept the bullets, since the rifle wasn’t loaded.
Maybe, it’s because we knew the boundaries. We respected our parents, as well as our teachers. Most importantly, perhaps it’s because we knew it was wrong to cross the line, since we knew the consequences.
As for gun violence, Warren and I lived in a time when it didn’t exist. We had the freedom to go outside and play. We didn’t have to worry about someone firing a gun at us. Maybe, it’s because it wasn’t part of our culture at that time. We didn’t have video games, especially those that involved shooting someone. However, there were some violent movies that were produced, but we weren’t allowed to watch them! Our parents made sure of that!
As a former teacher, I’ve heard some of my students discuss the violent video games they played and the violent movies they watch at home. Ironically, my students were only six years old! Yet, the parents of these children would be the first ones to complain if a movie was shown at school that didn’t have a “G” rating! Very seldom, do these children complete their homework and/or read at home. But, once again, their parents would be the first to complain about report card grades. As I had continued to teach in the classroom, I’ve seen more and more parents become too demanding when it’s obvious they’re using teachers as society’s scapegoats. The best parents don’t do that! Yes, there are some decent and supportive parents that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with. So, society hasn’t completely fallen through the cracks of “I don’t give a damn about you, because all I care about is making that extra buck!”