Thursday, April 19, 2007

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims at Virginia Tech. To the victims: May the peace and love of Jesus Christ, rest, rule, and abide with you from this day on. Amen.

“Who’s to blame?” is the question everyone seems to want to address. Some say that lack of proper security is to blame but is that the case? I read a news article a couple of minutes ago that said that Cho -the murderer at VT- “didn’t speak much in school and when he did, people said, ‘go back to China’” There seems to be some common thread in recent school shootings. They involve kids who are/were picked on. I’m not justifying what happened because NOONE has the right to take another persons life, but how many lives must we put in danger before the real issue is solved? Everyone has come in contact with the school bully one time or another so most of us know how it feels. Well take that feeling and throw in some antidepressants and/or pore living environments and we have a really bad situation. There needs to be some major changes in the Uniform Discipline Code’s of many schools starting at the elementary level. Something should have been done long ago when kids started committing suicide for being homosexual. Are we blind? What will it really take to address this problem?

What should be done? I don’t know but please don’t say “kids will be kids” and be done with it. Murder is wrong at in level and no matter what the reason, but we can’t just spit on the graves of these murderers and not address what might have been wrong with these very disturbed people. I’m not saying that these school problems are the only factors behind acting in such a way but when this happens over and over at many different campuses, something has to be done about it. Students need to be unified before a tragedy, not after.

Seek Peace

4 comments:

Karen said...

I agree. I think that less time should be spent talking about the dead shooter and who was to blame, and more time spent trying to help keep other people from feeling so marginalized.

Teresa said...

It's part of the human condition to feel alienated and alone. Some situations make it worse. Some factors make it worse. Everyone sometimes feel like the world is against them and they are alone. I can't imagine what it is like to feel that way all the time. To not know how to connect to people, to not see them as human beings or feel that they see you as a human being.

It sounds as though Cho felt that way all the time, and it sounds as though attempts to reach out to him failed. It sounds as though he had been unable to connect all of his life.

What can be done? Who's to blame? If anyone could really answer that question...I think we'd probably be living in heaven rather than here on earth.

It is difficult to accept the unacceptable, but as long as people try to tell themselves falshoods to make themselves feel better...we won't be looking for the real answer.

*Jamie* said...

I agree, but if we don't recognize or attempt to solve the problem these disturbed individuals are having, where are we? What are we doing, but, most importantly, who's next?

We can never answer all of our questions but we can always attempt to and hope for a better outcome each time.

Teresa said...

jamie,

we are on the same page. Helping people. With real solutions.

It's true we don't have those right now, but it's time to start looking for them rather than just going over the same old culprits.

i thnk that brain research is going to reveal some very ingteresting things in the next ten years that might shed some light on this sort of thing, and provide real help. I hope so.