To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Yet another school shooting has taken place. I wonder how many more it will take before society admits that it is failing our children on multiple levels. It is evident that children are suffering emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually due to situations that are often times out of their control.
Family dynamics, shortened childhoods, economic pressures, peer pressure, incidence of violent crimes, and political mayhem are just some of the negative forces that impact them on a daily basis. Not enough children are given a moral compass to navigate their chaotic world. Without one, they cannot be expected to have the tools to help them make good choices.
Children need and deserve more from society. It takes an entire village to raise a child. So where are the village adults? Positive values instilled at home need support from outside sources to give them credence. Right from wrong is black and white not shades of gray. Integrity is not something you can turn on or off. Human beings are not perfect. We make mistakes. The real harm comes from blaming others for those mistakes. Each time an adult engages in this form of behavior, they are teaching children that they don’t have to accept the consequences of their actions. They can merely blame someone or something else for their poor choices.
We can’t afford to bury our heads in the sand any longer. Innocent lives are being thrown away daily to drug addiction, alcoholism, pornography, and bullying. Adults need to step up to the plate and see where they can be of service in their communities to help our youth.
It is the responsibility of every adult to ensure that children are given sufficient good examples to follow so they can become compassionate human beings. BEVERLY J. TOBIN