The San Antonio school district sent a letter home with all of the students in a certain elementary school, a letter warning the parents that some coward threatened violence against an unnamed elementary school over email.
The school sent out the letter for the parents, but as The Bloggess put it, the kids read the letter on the way home from school, talked about it, and most likely made a scary situation even worse in their young minds.
Its crazy what kids go through nowadays as compared to what growing up was like for me. I went to elementary school in the late 70′s and early 80′s, and the worst things that happened during that time pale in comparison to what some kids go through today. My worse experience was when a group of kids a year older than me bullied me for a few years in grade school, but I think the bullying that existed back then was a lot milder than the bullying that happens to kids today.
The bullying I endured ended the day after my grandmother picked me up from school and witnessed this group of boys taunting and threatening me as I walked to the car. I was embarrassed and did not want to talk about it, but my grandmother was not having it. She told my mother, my mother called the school, and the next day those boys spent some time in the principal’s office. Later, they apologized to me and the bullying never happened again.
Bullying stories do not often end as simply today, and that is unfortunate. Kids today are bullied relentlessly, even to the point of suicide. And as I said, bullying was about the worst thing that would happen to you when I was in school, and it does not hold a candle to the form it has taken on today.
We had many of the same problems kids today do, such as hunger or coming from broken homes, but it appears to me that those problems have intensified somewhat over the past 30 years. However, we never had to deal with the mass violence of a school shooting, or even the threat of something like that happening. It is as if those kinds of thoughts just did not enter the minds of people back then.
Something has happened since then though. There have been numerous school shootings in the past 20 years. I do not have any stats to back this up, but I would venture to guess that there have been more mass acts of violence in public schools in the past 20 years than in the previous 100 years combined.
What has happened to us? What happened to cause this rash of violence in our schools? Why are people so angry (and taking it out on school kids)?
These are difficult questions that I suspect will also have difficult answers, but it is something that needs solving as soon as possible.