|The United States is again shocked about yet another example of school violence. The latest incidence of a 13-year old student going wild to get his revenge on society might as well be a day the NRA is celebrating. Access to weapons for everybody…is the mantra you hear from indoctrinated gun lovers. |
Looking at the headlines at CNN or CBS this morning, I read about his celebrated and “beloved” teacher, a former marine, who also was a sports coach. But there are also voices saying that the particular student was bullied by this teacher. I am not saying one or the other is the truth, as I really don’t know. It would take some intimate knowledge to judge this case.
But I feel compelled to tell my story, which I remember all too good, even though it happened many decades ago.
I have already stated earlier that I hated the gym lessons. As a result my gym teachers hated ME. All of them did, because I was a pain in their behind. Yes, throughout my entire time in school, gym teachers have hated me and bullied me. Well, it was painful, but finally I got the skin of an elephant, because I needed to survive. But what if…..I would have had access to a weapon? Would that have resulted in the first school shooting episode in Germany?
What I am saying is that the 13-year old student from Sparks, NV must have had a reason for the way he acted. It was probably a similar reason as many of his predecessors. Nobody starts shooting unless the person is a total mental nut case or a plain criminal. “You have destroyed my life and now I’m going to destroy yours” was the last this student told his teacher. And doesn’t this lead us to think that bullying in school is the reason for most episodes of school violence? Combine that with easy access to weapons (where the hell did he get a semi automatic from?) and you have the perfect scenario for many more school shootings.
What’s gonna happen over the next days and weeks is that psychologists, psychiatrists and all kind of self-proclaimed profilers will write volumes about what they think must be studied and done and evaluated. But the truth, in fact, is in plain sight for everybody to see.