Originally posted by Fedki
Could there be other issues like mental health at work here? Well DUH the kid brought a gun to school!
First, thank you for clarifying re the student's name. Minor names are not normally given out, except in certain cases do they end up public. As you
said, the name was already in the media.
We who grew up in a different time need to understand how different the world and schools are nowadays. When I was a 9th grader decades ago, the worst
offense might be smoking a cigarette. Back then we could bring our shotguns to school in our pickups; they stayed in the pickup, ready for the next
use target shooting or hunting.
About 13 years ago, I visited a friend who worked at a community court ordered school. He said that, because the juvenile hall school was crowded,
they were getting the overflow; his students were bumped out to district continuation schools, the continuation schools were triaging their worst
offenders in order to send some back to regular schools.
When I was in high school, a runaway was sent to juvenile hall. Now, your teacher friend could have a student on Monday who ran away on the weekend,
was caught, and is back in the classroom on Monday. Although I bet his school states expulsion for knives (primarily nowadays intended for use as a
weapon), how many students are back in his classroom?
The world today for young people can be so much more confusing and overwhelming than when I was young. So many more confusing, dangerous paths are
available to go down Your friend sounds like he connected with his students, on a level of mutual respect and trust, and that connection was available
to diffuse this situation.
It could be that more adults need to display the qualities that we want the next generation to emulate. And it's painfully obvious that there was a
disconnect in the school system; record the troubled kid's offense but triage it to something not important to deal with. Is today's school motto,
"Test but Ignore Otherwise"?
The world today IS more complicated. We seem to have fallen prey to continuous victimhood, spiraling downward to irrational thought and behavior. If
your friend had felt a victim, he would have been out of that room. Instead he used his heart and mental strength to keep the world that much safer
I will say this, though, your friend would have been no match against rapid fire.