P Rehn (
Thu, 2 Apr 1998 06:35:23 -0800 (PST)

>From what I have heard on the news and read in newpapers from
around the world (on the internet), I suspect these children are
severe abuse survivors/victims. The older boy has a pending
court case for molesting a two year old and was undergoing
therapy at the time of the shooting. There was also mention of cult
involvement. The younger child does not remember the shooting,

Children who molest were molested themselves. Children who hurt
others like this were hurt themselves. Rage of this level has a source
much deeper than arcade games, IMHO. I think that these kids had
more severe problems than lack of empowerment and responsibility.
While I am a firm believer in the alternatives in education expressed
on the list, we would all do well to remember how many children will
barely survive their families, much less have the opportunity for
education at a Sudbury type school. I think that the more likey
reason that this sort of violence is unheard of in private alternative
schools is that abuse victims rarely attend such schools.

The public schools did fail these kids, including those who were
killed. Both of these boys apparently showed signs of extreme
violence that should have been a red flag to the school officials.
Most teachers, public or private, conventional or alternative, have
no training recognizing the signs of abuse, other than bruises or
broken bones. These violent incidents will only be stopped when
we can stop the child abuse that precipitates them. This is the
reality of the problem, not simply TV or public school.



>In the schools where this is the case, violence is virtually unheard of. If
>those Jonesboro boys had experienced real empowerment and responsibility in
>their schools and in their homes, and if they had learned better ways to
>express their anger and deal with problems (other than by the ubiquitous
>arcade games, which teach kids to solve problems by shooting down their
>enemies) I think that the tragedy might have been avoided.