I know a teacher who's trying to deal with a student who has already thrown rocks through the principal's office windows and is currently threatening to burn down the school with a flamethrower. He's six years old.
It's been ten years since I've been in a public school classroom, but even back then, the horrible parenting I was seeing had me worried. I'll never forget the young man who chose to write his narrative essay about the night his father tried to strangle him. He was nervous about testifying at his dad's trial. Or the young woman whose father was willing to pay for the braces she needed as long as she would bring home friends for him to have sex with. And the young man, fatherless and troubled, who brought a hatchet to school to use on me if I made him give a speech. His terrified mother's warning saved both my life and his.
Or the kid who stole my credit card and was going to hold it hostage until I changed his failing grade. Or the young lady I found sobbing her heart out in the hallway one morning. I hesitated to stop and talk to her – she was prone to frequent tearful meltdowns – but I did stop, and I was glad I had. That morning, her father had walked into a local park, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. He was, of course, dead – and no one in that household had thought to keep this poor girl at home that day.
.... what happens when the postmodern moral compass of students fails? Some stats can give some insight. In the 1910s, there were only two reported incidents of violent attacks in U.S. schools, and one was actually an accident. In the 2010s, there were 126 such attacks. Students all over the country are attacking (with knives and guns) each other and their teachers at an increasing rate. The correlation is unsettling; something has gone wrong.
..... We have developed an undercurrent of thought in this country that has created a mirage, a distant vision of a utopian society in which everyone will live effortlessly and harmoniously, placing no strain on dear Mother Earth, offending no one, and rarely taking responsibility for much of anything. We will puff our egos and pat ourselves on our collective, non-working backs about the Shangri-La we created without any help from that nasty, demanding God. After all, we are evolutionarily sure that people are basically good, so all we have to do is to sing "Kumbaya" and smoke a joint or two.
It's quite a shock, therefore, when things like the Parkland shooting happen. If people are basically good, then how do we account for the Wicked Witches flying around our cities? How do we explain the massive amount of irresponsibility that led up to the Parkland massacre? We can feel the philosophical panic building. To unravel the twisted, inconsistent, evil worldview that got us to the Austin bombings, the Las Vegas and Parkland shootings, and the shooting in Maryland will take some excruciating soul-searching, and human beings are not usually willing to go there.
The culture is now reaping what it excitedly sowed when it ejected any notion of God from the public forum. The ruling elite wanted nothing to do with God and with no moral compass they now rule over precisely what they sought and deserve - a godless society.
For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” (2 Pet 2:20-22, ESV)