While there is NO EXCUSE, there are explanations for kids who turn to violence to address their problems. If I were to affix responsibility, I’d look at the adults who should be actively involved in their children’s lives. Who was monitoring his computer use? Who checked his MySpace. Who taught him spelling? (I looked at his MySpace – and guess no one). Who encouraged this over-indulgence of weapon obsession? This kid did the deed, he’ll pay the price. It is a shame, but it has nothing, nada to do with being HOME SCHOOLED. Bottom line, he wasn’t schooled at all, in the basic elements of living this life. Adults failed him.
These are interesting snippets from the articles I read:
At a news conference yesterday announcing the “thwarted Columbine-style attack” on Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, Montgomery County district attorney Bruce Castor addressed the media in front of giant oak table covered with the 14-year-old suspect’s “cache” of weapons — most of which, it turns out, were merely authentic-looking air guns and BB rifles.By way of contrast, the Montco boy had one real gun in his possession — a 9mm carbine for which he had no ammo. The seven “grenades” he was putting together were apparently toy plastic shells with BBs and black powder — more likely to have hurt the boy himself than any bystanders had they been lit. And, granted, you could do some very serious eye damage with the quantity of the air guns he had stashed away, but he’d have been hard pressed to kill a raccoon with any of them, let alone dozens of people.
The 14-year-old former Colonial School District student arrested yesterday after police found weapons in his home was plotting to “take revenge on society,” because he saw himself as the victim of bullying, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said yesterday.
Neighborhood children said that the boy, when he was in sixth grade, had been harassed by other students because of his weight, said Sally Black, a school district resident and an assistant professor of health services at St. Joseph’s University who is an expert on youth violence. The boy’s parents decided to home-school him 18 months ago.
“My understanding is that students mumbled nasty names about his weight as they walked past his desk,” Black said, referring to what she learned from his classmates.
Truth doesn’t sell as well as hyped headlines. A shame.