In a late-90s' twist, some students--trapped in classrooms and closets--contacted the outside
world via cell phones. But for all the technological connectedness of today's kids, are
they connected to the things that really count? Or has our culture become tragically
disconnected from a livable moral framework? Does a lack of stable, affirming social
relationships portend even more youth violence? The perpetrators' fascination with putrid
shock rocker Marilyn Manson, the film "Natural Born Killers" and Nazi ideology fill news stories.
Should we expect different outcomes? Where is God amidst evil and suffering?
Moreover, is the scorn that was reportedly heaped on these violent killers tied to this
behavioral explosion? An unbroken pattern related to similar incidents suggests so.
Finally, what are the deeper issues and how can we address this vexing problem and
its causes at a level that will truly make a difference?
—Leadership University Editor/Webmaster, Byron Barlowe
An early draft of a radio commentary by former Nixon cabinet member and Prison
Fellowship Ministries Director, Charles Colson. He tells the story of a brave young girl,
shot by the teenage gunmen in Colorado for her faith.
Violence in Society
Christian radio commentator and author discusses issue of violence
in society with special emphasis on television violence.
Blaming the Guns Again
Timothy Wheeler, M.D.
Even before all the details were known and the police had conducted their investigation,
television reporters were looking to assign blame for the shootings. Once again, fingers
pointed toward America's "gun culture." Is this logical or even right?
State Education and the Decline in Morality
Paul A. Cleveland
Developing the personal moral character of children is an essential prerequisite for the
continuation of civilization. Further, education is an important component of that process
since moral behavior requires empathy for others. Regrettably, state schools are wholly
unsuited to this task.
How State And Local Officials Can Combat Violent Juvenile Crime
James Wootton and Robert O. Heck
Policy statement from The Heritage Foundation (1996) recommending institution
of various programs to stem youth violence, particularly the Serious Habitual
Offenders Comprehensive Action Program (SHOCAP). Contains detailed research on
youth crime and analysis of why today's juvenile justice system is failing.
In Memory of Rachel Joy Scott and A Wake–Up Call to America's
Pastor Bruce Porter
Rachel Scott fell victim to the two young Colorado gunmen who later took their own lives.
Her testimony as a born-again Christian serves as the impetus for this powerful challenge to other youths across the United States.
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