Friday, January 18, 2008

Kids Sliced and Diced

"How can you sit there day after day and watch kids be victimized?" Jack Stollsteimer, PA safe-schools advocate

Stop me if you heard this: two teenage girls walk up to a bus stop on their way home from their new high school. A car squeals to a stop, a pack of girls tumble out, more girls appear from the street ... and attack the two new girls with a sharp weapon (the police don't know exactly what yet).

Not a joke. A horror story. One girl's face was sliced to ribbons. The other girl was luckier, only a few cuts. For now. It seems somebody in the wolf-ette pack doesn't like one of the new girls.

So far the police have picked up a lone 16-year-old who they say wasn't the cutter, but was there. They think somebody's mother was driving the car. They don't have the slasher in custody yet.

In an unrelated incident, an eighth grade girl was attacked by a boy who stabbed her with a broken pencil, poked her in the forehead, slapped her in the face and choked her.

He did all that during a bullying-prevention class.

I want to know who the hell was teaching that class. The girl's parents went to the police. The school district wants to know why the principal didn't file a complaint until after the boy was arrested.

He's back in school now. His 13-year-old victim is terrified he's going to hurt her again. Or worse.

Last but hardly least, there's the 13-year-old boy who showed up at his school armed with knives, a propane torch, a can of gasoline, a bottle of torch fluid, firecrackers and gas masks.

He tore up classrooms, terrorized students and teachers, holding them at bay with the blow torch while managing to stab a 16-year-old girl and a couple other students who were helping to subdue him.

As you might expect, he was the proverbial nice kid, perceived as just another regular student. Nobody saw it coming.

Nobody ever seems to see any of these attacks coming. And as always, I have to ask: Where are their parents???

On the other hand, all these attacks involved knives. No one was killed.

Imagine the carnage if any of these disturbed, enraged, out-of-control kids had guns.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always guns with you, how dumb are you? Do you really think guns would make a difference? One thing I agree with it's about the schools and the parents.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous tami curtis said...

you have to ask yourself - why is there so much violence in america? look at it from a viewpoint of the level of violence that was around in the 1950's and 60's opposed to the numbers now. What has changed that could be making this difference? A big change i see is the amount of women in the workforce - the long hours that both parents are keeping these days. I have a feeling there are a lot more kids these days that go home and spend hours unsupervised. Kids that are neglected because both parents are working - this is not a slam against women working, but you have to admit, it is one of the changing factors that could be making this difference. Another factor is the amount of violence that is on t.v. - yes... someone had to say it, didnt they?

9:42 AM  

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