Why the Children are
Going Down With Guns Blazing
Public reaction to the Columbine High School killings and the other random acts of violence by children has not been
The masses, long programmed to trust their government system of handling a crisis, are doing exactly as
they are expected to do. They are forming committees to talk about the problem, listening to the advice of so-called "experts"
on child criminal behavior, and out of frustration and fear, are allowing police to arrest and try their children in the courts
as if they are grown adults. The theory is that a tough response to youth violence will put a stop to it.
That we have
been having so many acts of violence by children should be signaling to those "experts" that something is seriously wrong.
am not a child. It has been a few years since I walked in the shoes of a child. But my work often puts me in contact with
young people and I have been doing what I think the police, our public educators, lawmakers and especially child counselors
should be doing. I am talking to the youth and listening to what they have to say.
I don't mean listening to the superficial
words. Children are smart. When cornered with a television camera and microphone in their face, they will spew out exactly
what they think the adult world around them wants to hear. They only tell their true feelings when they trust the listener.
For children, the adult world is so twisted they soon learn that punishment is the only reward for being honest. Consequently,
it takes work for an adult to build enough trust in a child or teenager to get them to say what is really on their mind.
think I know why the children are becoming anarchists, why they are rebelling against the social order we have created for
them, and why a few of them are dramatically committing suicide and taking teachers, school administrators and fellow students
Children in America feel totally enslaved by a system that has them funneled to either fit a certain, very
narrow mold, or go down in flames. Those who have seen Pink Floyd's classic film "The Wall" should remember the public school
episode, when you see children of all shapes, sizes and race riding into a brick building on a conveyor belt. Inside the building
each child drops off the end of the belt into a machine that tears them apart, twists them around like a piece of clay, and
then spews them out on a second conveyor belt. As they emerge, they all look exactly alike. What is shocking about the scene
is that the emerging children are all dressed alike, they have no faces and no individuality. But they are accepted by the
faceless society that awaits them.
"The Wall" is not a new film. It was created at least 30 years ago. The statement
was true then, and the situation for children is even worse today. Any child who chooses to be creative, to attempt to look
within and know himself or herself, to resist the tug and pull of the programming we have created for them, or simply question
what they are being told, is trampled. That child, if he dares to speak his mind or do his or her will, is singled out by
teachers, counselors, ministers, other students and sometimes even his or her parents as a misfit.
To be assured of
success every child must look, behave, dress and achieve in a certain acceptable manner. The child must excel in some school
extra curricular activity such as sports, music or, as it is in the agricultural community where I live, in 4-H or FFA. He
or she must be relatively handsome, popular among his or her peers, get "average" grades but not be too smart academically.
The child must belong to an organized religion, never question what he or she is taught, must not think of sexual activity
until married, and must never drink alcohol, smoke a cigarette, or try marijuana. After graduation from high school, the student
must consider going on to some form of higher learning or risk spending the rest of his or her life slaving on a low-paying
job slinging hamburgers in the local fast food restaurant.
As I say, most children are much smarter than the adults
around them think. They are born psychics. Many of them are choosing to rebel against the system because they know (1.) the
world they are told to accept is not real, (2.) the environment that maintains the real world is crumbling, (3.) there is
no future left for them, and (4.) the adults around them are nothing more than programmed slave masters who are working hard
to make them conform so that they can spend the rest of their lives in forced slavery. If lucky, they can go on to higher
learning and become programmed slave masters too.
The children who rebel know this. They talk about it among their own trusted peer groups
while they indulge in such mind-expanding (but highly illegal) drugs as marijuana and LSD. They have nowhere else to go for
Small wonder that many of them choose suicide rather than remain in this body and attempt to battle a system
designed to destroy them.
Consider what we do to the child today who dares to smoke a marijuana cigarette, carry a
knife to school, or write on paper a list of names of the people he targets as his worst enemies.
In the small town
of Port Hope, Michigan, near where I grew up, a 15-year-old boy was recently expelled from school after a teacher and the
school principal found a list of names in his personal papers. The list included the names of a few students, some teachers,
and names of nationally-known figures. The school administration considered it a "hit-list" and turned it over to the police.
A police investigation followed. The immediate fate of this boy is unclear. In the meantime, he is marked for permanent disgrace.
Even though his name was not used in the newspaper stories about the incident, everybody in a town that size, knows his identity.
the high school student who recently wrote an essay for his English class about what it would be like to shoot up a school
and kill his classmates. The boy was obviously thinking about the Colombine school massacre when he wrote his essay. His paper
was turned over to the police. The boy was arrested, tried and convicted of what I can only describe as an Orwellian "thought
crime." He did nothing wrong. He only dared to think of what it would have been like to walk in the shoes of two boys who
really did shoot up a school.
Then there was a story about a 17-year-old high school senior who got in serious trouble after his parents found a
half-smoked marijuana cigarette in his pants pocket and called the police. The parents were programmed to "do the right thing."
This boy was arrested and tried as an adult for possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to spend time in jail
and, because he was a juvenile at the time, his case was turned over to child protective service. He was removed from his
home and prohibited from seeing his parents or his brothers and sisters for fear that he would be a bad influence. Now, with
a police record, this boy's life is literally ruined. All because his parents turned him over to authorities for having a
part of a marijuana cigarette in his pocket. The many readers who have experienced marijuana know the truth behind this story.
This boy could well have been doing worse and much more dangerous things than simply "smoking a joint" with his friends.
wife and I raised four very bright children. Because we were lucky enough to have gone through the system when free thinkers
could still slip through the cracks once in a while, we did not suffer the way contemporary children do. Also, we were both
raised in the church, and for a while, thought we believed the stories that were spoon-fed to us. Because we appeared to be
fitting the mold, we managed to get the training we needed to become professional people. We broke loose later in life after
it was too late to stop us.
Not so for our children. All of them were singled out by their teachers. Although they
had I.Q's that tested in the genius level, they were "punished" for being different, forced to sit among the special classes
for slow learners, and, if we hadn't intervened, would have been given psychiatric counseling. They suffered because they
dared to express a different point of view and not accept everything they were told as the gospel truth.
It is not
surprising then that children are starting to rebel in such a violent manner. They hate the system of self-imposed slavery
we have created for ourselves. They hate the destruction of our personal liberties. They hate the police state that watches
their every move. They hate the fact that they have absolutely no civil rights while they remain juveniles. And most of all,
they hate the fact that their parents and grandparents remain willing to sacrifice their own freedoms, their constitutional
rights and their environment, all for the sake of the god they really worship. The name of that god is MONEY.
I cannot condone their action, I understand the reasons behind the school shootings. These children are making a statement.
What they are doing might be compared to the actions of a few Buddhist monks of Tibet, who burned themselves alive in the
town square to protest the destruction of their temples by the invading Chinese.
In a sense, the dynamic murder-suicides
by children in our public schools may be a last-ditch effort to teach the rest of us something important. If this is the case,
I hope their sacrifices are not made in vain.