Since God and prayer was removed from school there has been a significant increase in school shootings, violence and teen suicide.
Darkness breeds darkness. Children of the 21st century live as if they have no moral compass or guidance. We as parents, principals and teachers must allow in some light, in order to lead them out of darkness. Toxic thoughts and toxic behaviors are like poison; they lead to deadly actions.
The question I ask as I sit in horror of another school shooting and mourn teen suicide related to bullying, what ideas and concepts are our children absorbing and regurgitating?
My answer is negativity, starting at home in front of the television, or perhaps from a disinterested parent, or a peer pressing in on their insecurities.
The murderous students of Columbine high had no parental guidance. They were led by the toxic teasing and torture of other students, violent video games and no belief in or reverence of God.
The toxic thoughts that developed from that was a distorted picture of what a child left behind looks like. A child with no moral compass, lacking empathy and compassion. Skills that are learned at an early age of development.
How do we as parents and teachers miss this? It was clearly described in the movie; those two young boys at Columbine high were mentally volatile and ready to unload and implode like the guns they used. Shouldn’t Learning and mental health go hand in hand?
There is a need of creative outlets for anger management and mandatory counseling sessions. As a parent, teacher, principal, even a student, if you know better, you should do better. Your life and the lives of others are at stake. There is no grey area here, you're either part of the solution or complacent to the problem.
Our children are killing themselves and each other, slowly and for some all at once. Only look closer and you will see. When they took God out of the schools, they took away the light.
Sources: As a parent and the remarkable movie of the young teen who journaled her last year of life at Columbine high, Not Ashamed.
Christy Angelette is part of the Generation X generation. She is a mother of three amazing sons and is a southern Queen born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She is working on a novel that will highlight mental illness and abuse in multiple forms, as well as civil rights being broken on a mental health level.