I write this with a heavy heart. The shooting incident at the Bremerton elementary school in itself may be “a rare, isolated incident,” (TNT, 2-23), but the number of seriously troubled, damaged children in our schools is not.
This incident is a red flag for what is really plaguing our schools and society at large. The classroom teacher in this incident is quoted saying this boy is a “troubled child” who altered the dynamics of an otherwise peaceful classroom.
Classrooms all over our country are plagued with difficult children who make learning and teaching a struggle for everyone else. Only a teacher knows of the balancing act that must be performed daily to maintain discipline and achievement in the classroom.
Finding real help for these children becomes more difficult as funding and resources are cut. Preventing the damage must be the ultimate solution, but there are so many possible causes. Is it child abuse, fetal drug or alcohol damage, mental illness?
All over our country, families are in turmoil that desperately need help. But where will it come from?