While I fully agree with the thrust of this article, Mr. Florez is missing two
of the biggest blockades to effective intervention.Privacy laws and
requirements for parental consent in obtaining help for minor students.As an elementary teacher, I was involved in several situations in which we
knew children were in need of at least an evaluation if not some sort of
psychological help. In some cases, parents were concerned and worked with us.
But in a large number of cases, parents were in denial and absolutely refused to
grant permission for anything at all. In one case, a boy I'd taught in
fourth grade wound up hanging himself in eighth grade.Privacy laws
make it almost impossible for counselors and psychologists to pass information
along to others who may need to know. Law enforcement, mainly.What's needed is a multi-pronged set of reforms to our laws. It must
include some way to override parents if needed. It must allow sharing of
information when necessary. And it should include a national database of gun
and ammo sales to detect purchases of large arsenals. Then, somehow, it will
all need to be tied together.Not easy.
The elderly generation yells at the little ones out in public. The middle aged
and young parents hit and yell at the little ones out it public. We can only
imagine what goes on in their homes where no one else can see.It is a
generational poison that is mixing with the angry macho and their deadly
weapons.A child reared by such maniacs cannot help but to grow up angry,
anxious, and ready to take it out on someone in the worst way possible.
Let's never forget that God sends all of his children to the government and
the government parcels them out to families!What is this all about?
Since when did the government have ANY responsibility to raise our children?
Since when did the government receive stewardship from God to teach and train
our children? Since when did we authorize the government to become the parents
of our children?Put the blame exactly where it belong - on the
parents for children who are underage and on the children when they are of
age.This constant looking to government to replace parents is
causing the Obama syndrome, i.e., "It's not my fault. I inherited the
problem. Blame somebody else. What do you expect, I'm just one
person." and on and on and on.God charged us as parents to train
our children to know the difference between right and wrong and to help them
choose the right. Now government and adults are telling our children that right
and wrong are situational and that if it feels good, it is good and that no one,
including God has the right to say otherwise.Government is not the
Dwayne, I understand your concerns. On the other hand, have you had any direct
experience in a school or other similar setting? I'm not urging carte
blanche. Anything like that would need to be very, very carefully done. As it
stands now, however, teachers and others (including clergy and mental health
professionals) are too often powerless to act in cases where it is obvious to
many people that a child or adolescent desperately needs help of some kind.Just as an all or nothing complete ban or opening the doors to unlimited
ownership of guns is not a good solution, so is the idea of continuing what is
happening in the field of mental health now.I don't know
exactly what the solution may be. But hollering at one another and digging
trenches will not help anyone. In the case of the boy I told of earlier, I and
many other teachers KNEW that someday he would kill himself -- or possibly
someone else. But when his mother (who had mental problems of her own) objected
to seeking help for him, we became powerless to do anything but stand by and
watch.That's a terrible experience.
@mike richards we probably but it charge at the same time you started
insisting the government thrust your version of god into everyones life and
actively use your belief system to control the private lives and behaviors you
sorry that was suppose to read we probably but it in charge....
@mike richards So then you also think the government has no business
telling children under 17 not to see violent R rated movies, restricting
children under 21 from drinking, or preventing children under 18 from getting
birth control and/or an abortion without parental consent (a law which means
government interference) etc?
put it in charge, my goodness I think I need to go to bed.
Epidemic? Rates of murder and violent crimes have dropped the past 20-25 years.
It can still be considered an epidemic but it hasn't "become"
one... the author just notices it now.
Politicians and extremists really need to pay attention to readily available
data.According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI
violent crime has decreased since a peak in 1991 of 758 per 100,000 population
to 386 per 100,000 in 2011. This makes it roughly equal to the violent crime
rate in 1970. Although it does appear that reporting violent crime is better now
so the reduction might actually be better than it appears.These
violent crimes that make news are increasingly unacceptable to the majority of
Americans and shock many of us. However, we do need to pay attention to things
that we can do to continue to EFFECTIVELY reduce violent crime which would
include education about violence and drugs as well as job creation. But reducing
violence is very complex and certainly requires effort on the part of everyone -
parents, peers, teachers, coaches, mentors. The more unacceptable violent
behavior becomes the better we will do with reducing violence in the future.
It only seems like an epidemic because we now have 24 hour news saturation.
News used to be restricted to the morning paper and ABC/CBS/NBC just before the
On what is John Florez basing his opinion? All data points collected over the
last 25 years show a sharp DECREASE in every subset of reported violence, the
most prominent being the last 10 years of FBI statistical data. Florez then goes
to identify the solution for this non-existent problem as... wait for it... More
Government intervention!Mr. Florez, why you think burdening teachers
with more responsibilities that have nothing to do with teaching belies a clear
political mindset we can do without here in Utah. I think California may be more