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[COMMENT: I had not heard much about school violence, and foolishly thought it had ended. Wishful thinking. America continues down the dark road.... Violence in schools is old hat now. Hardly gets our attention. All part of the intellectual dissonance and desensitizing process.
Nothing but a deep intellectual, moral, and spiritual renewal will turn things around. Get on board.
Do not expect anything of value from Bush's nonsense. He and the GOP are a big part of the problem, cementing control of education under federal mandate. That is betrayal of our constitution and of the people.
Parents, why do you keep your children in such schools?
My emphasis below E. Fox]
Acting on the Unthinkable
The school year is barely a month along and already the nation has
been shaken by a series of school shootings. The latest, just yesterday
in Pennsylvania's beautiful Lancaster area, involved the systematic
execution of schoolgirls in a one-room Amish school house. A fifth
victim, a teacher's aide, died today. The shooter in Pennsylvania, a
heavily armed male who left a suicide note before his crime, took his
own life at the scene. Last week, in similar fashion, a 53-year-old
homeless man held schoolgirls hostage in Bailey, Colorado, sexually
abusing several (he had reportedly asked for specific girls he had seen
on a popular teen web site) before killing one. He too died at his own
hand. How extensive is this year's fall surge of shootings? Since the
start of the school year, according to ABC News, there have been 25
incidents across the country involving school shootings, seven involving
fatalities. Yesterday President Bush announced plans to convene a
summit of education and law enforcement leaders to talk about ways the
federal government can help stem the violence. Violence against young,
innocent children was once uncommon, even unthinkable, in America. As
policy makers meet, there should be time to reflect on how many other
taboos modern culture has shattered, how many other unthinkable things
are now thought of - and acted upon.
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