British Columbia, Canada
I was sitting on these hands not wanting to say anything being a Canadian, but I do put so much blame on the availability of guns in the United States, but also understand the crime rate there is so much larger than it is here. I truly hope I never live to see the day we are allowed to own handguns in this country, and I mean that.
This boy chose to take a weapon from his own home and actually kill someone with it, for whatever his reason. It is too late to blame anyone or anything, as it is done, and the only good to come out of a violent and sad act such as this, is to learn from it.
I have to agree that for every sensationalized story you read there are literally thousands you never hear about as those don't get ratings or readers. For instance, Kacy was visiting me with her daughter Sarah, who is a typical teen in my opinion, with her head screwed on right, but she had a great deal of home schooling with a mother that truly has her best interest at heart. This is key - parent involvement. There is not a kid alive that does not want to know someone cares enough about them to validates their existence. I don't "blame" parents, I simply don't understand why they choose to give their kids so much money and so little time, as this is one investment they are making that will only have negative returns in the future. It is easy to give in, and really hard to say "no", and that is the work in family dynamics, caring enough to say, "No!"
Anyway, I find this incident very sad, and agree with you on one issue Maureen, the teachers in this world have to be commended as key to our nation's future, and if it is going to be an unsafe environment to work in, God help our children, for they are the future citizens to run this world of ours.