An unnamed third grade boy at Rosa Parks Elementary school in Middletown Ohio brought a loaded 9mm handgun and extra 9mm rounds to school with him. He indicated it was for protection because he was getting picked on. A teacher noticed the weapon printing, or showing through clothing, and confiscated it. A psychological evaluation and competency evaluation of the nine year old boy are pending, and he is being held in a juvenile facility on three felony charges.
Bullying is a serious problem for many children and teens. It is not just teasing, roughhousing, or horseplay for many kids. It is abuse at the hands of their peers. There are children who dread going to school, who feign illness to get out of school, and walk the halls of their school in fear, despair and humiliation. They are much busier being on guard than learning. All too often, schools do nothing. Kids become discouraged, demoralized, and isolated. Some will suffer depression and anxiety disorders, and PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder). They will fail to learn social skills as they are isolated from their peers, and they avoid social interaction to minimize the abuse.
Even as adults, the memories of abuse haunt them, and impacts their adult behavior and relationships. Abused children can grow into adults who accept abuse in their relationships because they have been groomed to believe it is the norm. They do not value their bodies. They neglect their hygiene and appearance, and neglect medical and dental care because their sell forth sinks so low they feel they don’t deserve to look their best or take care of their bodies. Other kids are driven to suicide. And others are driven to homicide.
Schools offer mandatory sensitivity training, and have policies against bullying, but these measures do not seem to be working. They do however seem to suspend or otherwise discipline the abused kids if they lash out in frustration. Or they adopt zero-tolerance policies, and children are suspended for biting a pastry into the shape of a gun, having a computer wallpaper image of a gun, or cutting a peach with a rounded tip serrated knife, turning in a knife forgotten in a pocket because the student wanted to comply with the no weapons policy. Classic literature is banned because it might make students uncomfortable, Students are not prepared for college or life, not taught the basics, or challenged. Other misguided measures which seem to defy any semblance of common sense are put into place, while the real problem, e.g., students coming to school in fear and beaten slapped, kicked, punched, pushed, insulted, terrorized, threatened, and humiliated is ignored.
Does it get better as you get older? They offer safe spaces when you get to college, so you can be free of any ideas which may disturb you, and controversial speakers; e.g., those who have an opinion contrary to the liberal agenda predominant in academia are not allowed on campus. In the workplace, anyone whose feelings are slighted goes to HR to complain and tell their story of outrage, and managers give adult crybabies an audience instead of telling them their feelings are really not that important, stop your whining, grow up and go back to work, or go work somewhere else where you can coddled.
Elementary school, middle school, and high school are supposed to prepare children and teenagers to become adults, and operate in the adult world. Instead, we are teaching them to be spoiled entitled narcissists, who can parrot back the latest trendy extreme left rhetoric, and reflexively virtue signal, but can’t spell correctly or write complete sentences, or think critically, while abused kids become forgotten, unnoticed true victims. When an abused kid finally snaps under pressure and harms themselves, or other kids everyone is so shocked. Then further senseless measures are put in place, and nothing really changes. As evidence, look at the school shootings that have taken place in the past 20 years. There is no justification for mass homicide. But if it is understood as an act of utter desperation, and schools start focusing on real problems instead of imaginary ones, it may be preventable for some kids.