Ohioroundtable: The Public Square - Violence in Ohio Schools
Violence in Ohio Schools
Everyone has heard about Columbine but what about violence in
schools right here in Ohio
Recently an entire Junior High was closed here in Ohio
because the teachers staged a walkout. The issue was not pay or benefits. The issue was
safety. The teachers were so frightened by the threats of student violence that they
simply refused to go to work.
Another headline reads, "Westlake student fights
principal, faces assault, drug rap." At South High in Cleveland the Mayor was forced
to shut down the entire school and several students were arrested for an allegedly
possessing guns and maps to be used to shoot up their school at homecoming.
Teaching is becoming a very, very dangerous profession. And
when it comes to student violence the blame must come back to parents. Teachers cannot
possibly deal with the onslaught of insane violent and destructive material being poured
into the minds of today's teens. Day after day our young people are fed a steady diet of
murderous music, videos, television, and feature films. Our culture is exponentially more
violent and dangerous than it was a single generation ago. At the same time, teachers face
more bureaucracy, rules, regulations, and ACLU lawsuits than ever before. Their hands are
tied by their administration and by the fear of lawsuits from parents in denial.
Violence in schools starts in the homes. Here in Ohio the
time has come for teachers to have a legal defense for refusing to teach a student that is
threatening. Those kids ought to be removed from class, from school, and forfeit their
right to a free public education. Then maybe their parent, parents, or guardians would
think twice about whats going on between the headphones.
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