Posted on January 11, 2013 | No Comments
This week we read about another school shooter, this time in Taft, California. Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen reviews of the profiles of mass murderers: While no one description fits all, often these killers are disaffected teens and young adults who are angry and have had a series of disappointments. Many want to become notorious for their acts.
But have you noticed one factor this is consistently absent from the profiles? Poverty. Oh, these young people are impoverished alright. But not financially. They are sorely lacking in the areas of stability, empathy, and resiliency.
Life has its share of disappointments. Conveying that it will be otherwise is to create false expectations. Despite a frequent theme that shooters have been bullied, it is never a valid excuse for murder.
The recent tragedies can never be completely prevented. So what can you do? Keep it real with your families; pay attention to their lives; have a mix of work and play; get help when you or they need it.