Member Rara Avis
The Shores of Alone
Just wanted to add that there are so many factors involved in these things, I can't begin to know how anyone can solve it. But the pressure put on kids today is absurd. I do not currently have a child in school, but I have friends and family that do. Why, at the age of 10 or 11 now, do kids have to be pressured to work at school all day, while at the same time "fitting in", being popular, attractive, etc.? Then have hours of homework, try to please the parents who are sometimes very demanding (this is from my own personal experience), please the teacher, please the other kids,plan for their future, have extra curricular activities.. God, it's no wonder some of them snap!
I wish that we could throw away this last century plus two years, and start over!
I have no answers except parental involvement in the school situation as much as possible. And also, as Sunshine stated, keep up with the things happening in your neighborhood. If you hear about a child and a gun, DO something right away.
I think high school is a terrible thing to put most kids through. I hope I can home school my grandchildren, when they get to that age.