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Who is to blame? The Colorado Shooting

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craig roland (rolandc)
Wed, 21 Apr 1999 21:17:28 -0400

Someone suggested in a message today that some of the "discussions" we've
been having lately seem pale in light of what happened in Colorado (and,
for that matter, IS happening in Kosovo). I agree.

I've not read all the messages about the Colorado incident (and others like
it), so please excuse me if I missed something or am somewhat repetitive

One thing that concerns me, is that there seems to be alot of "pointing the
finger" at the parents of these kids (not only on TV but also in some of
the email messages I've read here) Let's be careful here...imagine the
pain these people are feeling (as well as all the others affected by this
tragic event.) While I agree parents (and teachers) need to be pro-active
in children's lives, I feel it's rather simplistic to assume that parents
are/were to blame here.

I don't claim to know what happened here....or what the solution is. But,
I doubt that simply instituting a "non-violence" class of some sort in
schools is going to "fix" the problem...particularly when you're competing
with so much violence in our culture. While we all need to play a
role...lets not forget that kids have a responsibility here as well.


CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
School of Art and Art History, FAC 302,
University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax
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