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I understand your sentiment and like you don't know what went wrong.
however, it isn't the second part of your dichotomy, as you put it
"something deeper, a deeper disturbance in our collective
social conscience." We must remember that more than 99% of the
students don't do this. so there's no reason to question our
"collective social conscience." also, the "violent tide" you talk
about is actually statistically on its way down. that does not take
away from your point that we need to do better. but "violent tide"
seems to me more political verbiage. and also, maybe we should defer
the psychoanalysis of the parents until more information comes out.
certainly there are situations which noone can forsee, until it
happens of course. i'm sure some nuts are going to blame marylin
manson for all it. i suppose there's money to be made.
salvador wilcox in pittsburgh, pa
>To: BluesTruth, artsednet.edu
>Subject: Re: Shooting in Colorado
>Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 13:31:23 EDT
>Has anyone noticed that this stuff never seems to happen in the
>schools (the oft-called "combat zone" of public education) but in
>or suburban communities?
>Columbine High School is, according to CNN, a "state of the art"
>presumably in a well-funded school district.
>I just saw the photos of the kids who did this on MSNBC. They looked
>average, American straight-A kids. What went wrong here? Was it
>some identification with another pair of clean cut American boys who
>astray--Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols? MSNBC just indicated that the
>shooting occurred on the anniversary of the bombin of the Federal
>Or is it something deeper, a deeper disturbance in our collective
>conscience. A few years ago, here in Indianapolis, two students at
>the state's biggest and most prestigious public high schools
>Presbyterian minister and his wife. What went wrong?
>Blues, you question, "where are the parents?" drives right towards
>of this, I believe. How could they NOT notice what was going on?
>Unfortunately, there is no competency test one has to pass before
>parent. Unfortunately, love is not a pre-requisite of parenthood.
>Unfortunately, even when that love is there, it does not always take
>of involvement in the child's life.
>So that brings the subject around to us--teachers. My father (a
>40 years) has been, from time to time, uncomfortable with the notion
>public educations are expected, more and more, to be surrogate
>can't see how, in any time or place, it could be any different. I do
>it "takes a village" to raise a child, and we are a part of that
>At once I ask myself, "My God, why didn't the parents see this?"
Then I have
>to ask, "Why didn't ANYONE see this coming?" We live in a world that
>individualistic, so driven by, "I'll take care of my own and let
>with their own shit" (Sorry if that offends) that we fail to see
>brothers and sisters need help. We compartmentalize our lives and
>often, "Well, that's not my responsibility . . . ."
>Blues, I' like you on this. I do not know what the answer is, what
>went wrong. I have to believe, though, that by building strong
>in our schools and throughout our country, we stand the best chance
>steming this violent tide.
>I think that as art teachers, we see a very different side of
>students. I know I do. Let's use this special place art occupies in
>public schools along with all of our creative energy, to build safe,
>creative, nurturing, peaceful learning communities.
>Sorry for the length of this post.
>Thanks for reading,
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