A Very Sad News Story

Eight-year old kills himself after being assaulted as school: http://www.dailywire.com/news/16359/8-year-old-kills-himself-after-school-bullies-amanda-prestigiacomo

Some close friends/family have worked in rough inner-city schools, and sadly I am not surprised. The teachers are given no authority to discipline students, and the chaotic classroom quickly devolves in a Lord-of-the-Flies-type chaos, where the strong bully the weak, and the overwhelmed/harassed teachers, with their hands tied by the school, are able to do nothing except slide into clinical depression. Sexual harassment, etc all kinds of things happen right there in the school and the teachers can do nothing as they are rendered powerless by the higher-up authorities. We need to bring corporal punishment back into schools.

All this squishy feel-good childraising rhetoric, for all its Hippie/Rousseau/Romantic notions, just leads to Lord of the Flies.

In Dostoevsky’s words “Children! Children! Separately they are God’s angels, but together [in school] they are the devil.” That was from a subplot in The Brothers Karamazov, about a little boy who dies from school bullying.

The sad truth is that kids, like the rest of us, can be evil and need to be forcibly disciplined into decency. Without order, its just the Wild West all over again. And our supposedly enlightened schools became dog-eat-dog survival islands where kids learn to bully in order to survive — or don’t, and die.

 

Rest in peace, Gabriel. May God carry you in his arms to the place where he will wipe every tear from your eyes.untitled_17

Rest in peace, Gabriel. May God carry you in his arms to the place where he will wipe every tear from your eyes.

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