The school shooting in Ohio continues to remind us of the troubled world that we live in. Most parents sent their children off to school, as they have done for the entire school year, never imagining what awaited their children on that particular day, at that particular school. Let’s start by saying that the potential exists for this to happen at any school in America. Of the limited information that has been offered, we learned that the student-shooter possibly came from a broken home. Statistics show that nearly one half of the homes in America are broken. In other words, for every two students, one comes from a broken home. What will we do to stop this trend?
I believe that there has got to be a way to prevent weapons from entering our schools. The first step is to get our heads out of the sand, when we say that this will never happen in our town. Evil is no respecter of location. Once we accept the fact that we could see in Chester what happened in Ohio, we are one step closer to preventing a senseless tragedy like yesterdays from occurring. This is a problem that requires a proactive response, instead of a reactive one. School lockdowns are reactive. Though they may save many lives, what about the four children that were injured, and the one that was killed? What is the answer?
I am amazed by the number of prayer vigils that are held in reaction to a given tragedy. I know the power of prayer; my question is why did we allow prayer to be removed from schools in the first place? I know the answer, do you? We hear of localities doing everything possible to remove God from everything, and wonder why evil is worsening. Prayer is a proactive measure, which can prevent evil.
Many would say that our children have rights against search and seizure, without probable cause. What is the difference between a school and an airport? In the airport, masses of people pass through security check points, with the goal being to ensure safety for everyone who boards a plane. Masses of children enter schools with little or no security checkpoints. I know that this could be an expensive undertaking, but I think that a simple benefit to costs analysis would prove the necessity of treating schools like airports and court buildings.
You may think that I have passed by this point, but parents need to be parents in this matter. You must know what your children are doing on their laptops, IPADs and smart phones. The social network has become an integral part of our culture, and you must figure it out. The father that shot up his daughter’s laptop because of what she posted on Facebook was extreme, but at least he understood the importance of knowing what she was writing. My only hope is that he ensures that his daughter cannot get her hands on the pistol that he shot her laptop with. There are too many latch key kids in our world today, having no supervision as they go off to school.
If we are unwilling to take the preventative steps necessary to stop these school shootings from occurring, then we say that we are willing to recognize that there will be others. We need reactive measures, but airports saw the need for proactive prevention; we might not like it, but it had to be done. Let me end by saying that some would like to stiffen gun laws. That may be a part of the answer, but doing this may potentially take the guns from the law-abiding citizens, leaving the determined criminal with a gun in each hand.