For decades now, it seems too many parents act as if it’s the job of the local school system to raise their kids. Conservatives would say it started when school prayer was outlawed – that parents either gave up trying to keep the system “decent” or moved their kids to private schools or home schooling.
These same parents pay little or no attention to their children at home – their Internet surfing habits, the movies and video games they watch or play, the fights they get into, the subtle signs of child drug abuse and so on.
Adam Lanza, the young man who murdered 20 small children and four adults at the Sandy Hook school nearly a year ago was not only bullied, he was also an avid fan of “Call of Duty”, one of the most violent video game on the market. He also openly declared on his own web site that he was a Satanist. There is also evidence he may have been abused a local priest at his church who had been transferred there after earlier abuse accusations at another church.
Later, some sicko even created a video game called “Class Warfare”that allows users to play Adam Lanza and slaughter young children themselves.
Now I’m all for the First Amendment but that still doesn’t make it legal to yell “fire” in a crowded theater. To my mind, such video games are the computerized equivalent, shouting fire inside the fertile imagination of a child’s brain. The same goes for some of these horrible, horrible movies where blood and body parts fall like rain.
Schools are not responsible for these perversions, parents are.
Investigators also found a 2008 New York Times article in the Lanza home about a shooting at Northern Illinois University that left six dead, including the gunman. They found that Adam’s mother, the first victim, had an unlocked gun cabinet and 1,800 rounds of ammunition, also unlocked.
Connecticut State Police believe Adam Lanza applied video game logic to the shooting, based on documents the State Police found at his home — including a massive “score sheet” of about 500 names ans details containing meticulous research into past massacres, including the numbers of victims and the weapons used, according to an unnamed law enforcement veteran who was in attendance when Danny Stebbins, a colonel from the State Police, spoke about the Sandy Hook shooting at a meeting of the International Association of Police Chiefs and Colonels in New Orleans.
“It had to have taken years,” the anonymous official said. “It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research.” The spreadsheet itself was said to be 7 feet long by 4 feet wide.
Stebbins said state police believe Lanza saw the massacre in terms of a video game. It has previously been reported that investigators found “thousands of dollars’ worth” of violent games in his house.
“They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet,” the longtime cop said. “They believe it was a score sheet,” and that it was “the work of a video gamer.”
They also took three photographs “of what appears to be a deceased human covered with plastic and what appears to be blood.”
When I was a kid I got my mouth washed out with soap for cussing and got a whipping for worse offenses. It didn’t turn me into an adult monster (I don’t think).
Today we are so politically correct that a father can even be arrested for telling his kid Santa Claus is not real. Yes, it’s really happened. And don’t you dare give your child a spanking.
Remember when God tested Abraham by telling him to sacrifice Jacob? Where would Abraham be today – sitting in prison – and yes, I admit sacrificing a child is a pretty scary scenario. But when you look around, you have to wonder if there isn’t some truth to the old adage “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”
While Hillary Clinton may believe “it takes a village” to raise a child, I believe the first responsibility remains inside the home. Only when parents sincerely try and seek help should “the village” (to me meaning neighbors and friends first, not the state) offer a hand.