What Cuts Deeper Than a Bullet?
What could? What could ever tear through flesh more mercilessly than a chunk of cold lead propelled by exploding gunpowder?
I recently spoke with maestromason in a thread on the recent Ohio shool shooting, and he mentioned cowardice. I had not considered that as a possible
cause for the recent phenomenon of children taking the lives of children in such a way as we see far too often. But it makes sense.
I remember back to a time before Columbine, a day when things were simpler and tougher, yet safer. A day when guns were prolific and everyone carried
a pocketknife, yet a day when using a pocketknife was rare and the entire concept of going on a shooting spree amid a school full of students was
incomprehensible. Back in those days, I was a victim of bullies on many occasions... until the day I had had enough and stood up to them. I got my
butt kicked, but I kept fighting; enough was enough. And the bullying stopped.
I learned something that day: bullies are cowards. They act out their fear by trying to continually prove to themselves that they are tough and
strong. They choose the weak, the ones who don;t want to fight, and use them to stroke their own bruised egos. Back then, I hated bullies; today, I
But if bullying and cowardice existed back in those days, what has changed? Why is there so much violence in schools today as compared to the days of
yore? Authority. In my day, the teachers controlled the schools. You did not fight back against the teachers, because you would be expelled
you had your attitude well adjusted. There was no abuse, but there was discipline. Paddles were hung in offices and classrooms as a
reminder that the students would stay within rules of conduct.
Today, paddlings are forbidden and relatively vile actions are treated with something called "A-School" (alternative school) here. A-School is
nothing more than a daily study hall with increased supervision; a watered down form of a jail. Students who go to it typically come back exhibiting
even worse behavior than they did when they went in, simply due to the fact that they spend all day every day associating with the worst violators
available. And A-School is not just for the worst of the worst; it is used for minor offenses as well... minor skirmishes, possession of contraband
(not just knives, but things like cell phones and cameras), etc. This places kids who are simply being kids in direct intimate contact with those who
are likely to one day be a serious problem.
Without discipline, the school hallways have turned more dangerous. Those with a propensity for violence toward others have become bolder and less
concerned about the possibility of getting caught. The punishment is not punishment, but a vacation for them. The normal pecking order has been
disrupted in the name of progress and children are no longer able to seek either refuge from the tyranny nor retaliate without the same consequences
as the troublemakers. Thus, the other kids are faced with a dilemma: how do they combat such when there is no authority to go to for effective aid?
They fight back. They have no other choice.
But not all kids are physically able to fight back effectively. Some are smaller of stature, and some have more intellectual interests than physical.
Some just do not have enough self-confidence. In the face of more and more aggressive challenges, is it any wonder kids become scared?
Cowardice can be defined as habitual fear.
Cowardice makes one afraid of direct confrontation. Cowardice makes one angry, both with the source of their fear and with themselves. Anger leads to
hate, and hate... leads to violence. One group of cowards who has come to believe they are above the rules and can do as they please, and another
group of cowards who is living in continual fear with nowhere to turn... can anyone give me a more direct recipe for violence?
In the name of polical correctness, for "the good of the children", to ensure that "No Child is Left Behind"... today, February 27, 2012, a child
was left behind... in a cold grave, to join the many more who have been left behind before. Another child has been left behind in a jail cell, his
life ruined, hie future gone.
This is MADNESS!
This is INSANITY!
The solution is simple: bring back discipline in the schools. Bring back the paddles, and demand the right to either discipline problem students or
expell them outright. Get rid of the study hall schools that coddle problems into disasters. Bring back expulsion, possibly with automatic enlistment
in the military (boot camps tend to fix those discipline problems) or enrollment in the "boot camp style" schools springing up around the country.
Tear down those "gun-free zone" signs and allow responsible faculty members to defend both themselves and their charges with like ability. Disband
the NEA and allow schools to hire the best teachers instead of the ones who manage to keep their jobs long enough. Drum the pundits that want to use
schools as social experimentation stations out of the system. And get back to teaching the children that want to learn. It's called a "school" and
not a "hazardous zone" for a reason.
The social experimentation has gone on long enough. We have a result. It doesn't work. Can we please get back to our base now, before more children
die at the hand of a coward? For the sake of the children, can we return to sanity and reality?
Or are we too afraid... are we cowards as well?