School Massacres and Violence in the United States

He did not know his father. His mother deprived him of love, discipline and training. In his childhood other children had little to do with him. He was alone most of the time. During adolescence the girls shunned him and he often fought with the boys. His junior year in high school he dropped out and joined the Marines for Marines build men. The Marines laughed at him, he fought back, resisted authority and he was eventually court martialed, i.e., a dishonorable discharge. He ran away to a foreign county, married a girl who too was born an illegitimate child. He brought her back to America.

Soon his wife rejected him, bore him two children who did not respect him. His wife demanded he leave their home even though he fell down on his knees, wept bitterly and begged that she let him stay. Finally in silence he pleaded no more. The next day he arose and went to his garage, picked up a rifle he had stored there and carried it to his newly acquired job in a book storage building. From a window on the third floor, shortly after noon, on February 22, 1963, he sent two shells crashing into the head of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald murdered the man who to him embodied all the success, beauty, and family affection that he longed for. In firing his rifle he utilized the one skill he had learned during his miserable life. (Information source: Dr. Dobson-unpublished).

Over 16% of our children cannot compete effectively in the classroom. Most of them will drop out of school after facing year after year of academic struggling and failures. Add to this a dysfunctional home life and we produce angry and resentful youth. Some of disadvantaged individual resort to acting out behaviors in school where they are often suspended and expelled for non-compliance. High probability this population will resort to drugs, abusive behaviors toward others including shootings, suicide and/or a life of crime.

In school these students are identified as early as the first or second grade as “slow learners.” These are throw-away-children for there are few if any school provisions where they can be successful. Schools provide for special needs children, gifted children, English as a second language children, but there are limited, if any, programs for intellectually/academically slow children. Educators refer to these students as children who “fall between the cracks.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful, progressive and exciting if our public schools would develop vocational diploma training programs to meet the needs of these children and prepare them for employment in their communities. Help them to feel accepted, successful and productive in society, i.e., winners rather than losers. After all, the ultimate goal of all education is to prepare students work in their chosen professions.