I have been a classroom teacher for more than 38 years. When I first started teaching, we had the Ten Commandments displayed in our school, we prayed the Lord’s Prayer, and pledged our nation’s flag. When a student misbehaved, he or she was taken to the principals office, they were paddled and sent back to class. No more behavior problems from that student. Students were aware of the difference between right and wrong. Students had a conscience.
Many years later, the Ten Commandments, the Holy Bible, and prayer have been taken out of the schools. For many students, they have families that are believers in God and the children have been taught what is correct and socially acceptable behavior and what is incorrect and not socially acceptable behavior. For other students, who live in homes where the Ten Commandments and the Holy Bible are nonexistent and no one in the family is a believer, they are never taught the difference between right and wrong. They have no conscience. They have been exposed to “anything goes” and “do anything you want to.” These children have no respect for authority, no respect for property, no respect for others, no respect for this country, and they certainly do not understand the sanctity of life.
I believe that all of these school shootings occur because those doing the shootings do not know right from wrong. They have no conscience. They do not understand the sanctity of life. They have never been taught or even seen “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” They have not been taught socially acceptable ways to resolve conflict. While I think the burden of this responsibility belongs to their parents and/or guardians, the teachers and school officials can certainly be a reinforcer of appropriate behavior and help with conflict resolution.
I am just making an observation. We never had any school shootings while we had the Ten Commandments displayed in our school, the Holy Bible read in our schools, prayers prayed in our schools, and the paddle used in our schools.