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Are you doing your part in preventing violence in schools? If you are a parent, sooner or later you are going to deal with school safety. It is a terrible subject no one really wants to talk about, yet it is becoming a weekly occurrence.
The frequency of school shootings is an ugly reminder that we don’t have control. In fact, we don’t even know why it is happening.
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I can’t begin to give you all the reasons why it is happening, but I can point you to two undisputed facts about most of the shooters.
The two things most mass shooters have in common is they are boys, and they come from fatherless homes or a broken relationship with the father. If you are a woman reading this, you might be thinking, “Those sorry men. They just need to get their stuff together.”
Perhaps you blame it on the usual suspects-guns, mental illness, or politicians. Yes, they are part of the problem, but I would ask you to expand your thinking.
In this post, we will explore ways of preventing violence in schools. You will be surprised how your actions can make a difference long term just by your choices.
Who is to Blame For Violence in Schools?
Are guns or mental illness the problem of school violence? Heaven knows the gun laws could be tweaked, and anyone who shoots up a school has serious mental issues.
But my question to you is a simple one: Once we add more laws for guns and rules for mental illness, do you think the school violence will end?
We already have an enormous amount of laws about guns to make people behave, yet shooters don’t care.
Frankly, I don’t think the genie is going back in the bottle unless we change our values as a society. The gun doesn’t shoot, it is the shooter and his moral compass.
The real problem with school violence is the moral shift in our country. Frankly, we lack morals and values as a society.
I have observed this decline slowly in the classroom as a teacher and in our culture over the last thirty years. (In my research, I found it’s actually been going on longer than thirty years.)
In order to look at this gradual shift, it is important to go back and review the legislation and social issues that have changed in the last sixty years.
Specifically, let’s work backward and ask why we have so many fatherless children and are now dealing with school safety. You’ll be surprised how it connects in preventing violence in schools.
What Happened 1960-1980?
The Sexual Revolution
Two things happened to push us into a new “sexual revolution.”
First, in 1960, the birth control pill came out.
This gave men and women new freedom to have sex without consequence or so we thought. We no longer had to be married to enjoy the “forbidden fruit.”
Sex became more of a recreation than a commitment.
And the product…many more children born out of wedlock.
Second, there was a major shift with the legalization of abortion.
In 1973, the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade made abortion legal. This allowed a woman to abort a baby before giving birth, devaluing the sanctity of life.
Unfortunately, most states allow abortion up until about 24 weeks or viability, although the laws are changing. As of 2019, New York laws allow an abortion all the way to full-term. Sadly, they also made it legal for a nurse or PA to perform an abortion.
This is especially convenient for women in New York where one out of three pregnancies is terminated. Preventing violence in schools starts with morality.
Keep reading and see the connection.
In 1969, Ronald Reagan signed a bill making California the first state to allow couples to divorce without proof of any fault on the part of the other spouse.
The laws used to make a spouse list a reason such as abandonment, adultery, cruelty, or some other acceptable term as a reason for the divorce to be granted.
Since the California ruling, many other states have followed suit. Some states even offer a No-Fault Divorce and No Waiting Period.
This has made divorce quick and convenient. It is almost treated like a drive-through McDonalds instead of a covenant for life.
Most of the time, the mother gets custody, and the father gets visitation rights on the weekends, summers, and holidays thus removing the father from a child’s daily life.
What Causes Violence at School?
On June 25, 1962, the US Supreme Court decided in Engel v. Vitale to take prayer out of the public schools.
In 1963, the Court no longer allowed Bible readings before class due to two lawsuits, Murray v. Curlett and Abington School District v. Schempp.
In 1971, there was a religious test called the Lemon test (named after the case Lemon v. Kurtzman) which further separated God from the classroom. It stated three criteria for sponsoring state activities.
This closed even more loopholes in the system making it difficult to be a Christian practicing anything religious such as prayer on a school campus.
Prayer is powerful and Satan knows it. No prayer, no God. No God, no morals. Preventing violence in schools is a faith matter.
10 Commandments Removed
In 1980, the Ten Commandments were banned from the classroom with the lawsuit Stone v. Graham. Since then, schools have become more anti-God instead of neutral.
It is pretty clear from these laws God has been eliminated from our schools. He is no longer welcome.
But…somehow teachers are still supposed to make sure kids do not cheat, lie, steal, or even kill without talking about values or reinforcing them with any type of curriculum.
Hmm. Craziest lesson plan on the planet. Don’t teach it, but expect them to know it!
If we had that philosophy teaching science, math, or English…they would throw every teacher out the door…pronto.
Sadly, this digression in school safety is because we have removed morals. No morals, no truth. No truth, no conscience. How are we supposed to be preventing violence in schools when we can’t give the standard?
Now let’s look at the statistics for the laws that have been put in place in the last 50-60 years. You will start seeing the connection to preventing violence in schools.
The Sexual Revolution
In 1960, only 5 percent of children were born out of wedlock. As of 2016, the statistics by state go all the way up to 53.2 percent of children are born to unmarried mothers. This is according to the CDC.
Most likely, the father plays a minor role in the child’s life when the couple is not married. Hence, our boys have no daily interaction with a father to teach them how to be a man.
Before abortions were legal, there were only about 12,000 of them from 1969 to 1973. From 1973 until now, there have been an estimated 60 million babies aborted in America.
That’s 3,657 abortions daily and 152 an hour. Whether you believe in abortion or not, this is a lot of babies terminated.
We have aborted about 18% of our American population.
The abortion-rights activists have given us permission to devalue life.
And so we have.
Life is no longer precious.
Unfortunately, most abortions are used as a method of birth control for “accidents.” Only a small number(1%-3%) are actually done to save a mother’s life or in the case of rape.
STD’s are at a record high, according to the CDC. An epidemic is accelerating in multiple populations. In 2017, there were 1.59 million new cases of chlamydia, 468,514 new cases of gonorrhea, and 27,814 new cases of syphilis.
628 babies were born last year with congenital syphilis. (The mother transferred syphilis to the baby.) Also, in 2017, HIV infections jumped by more than 50% in some states.
Sadly, all of this would be avoided if we still believed in waiting until marriage, but that thought is too archaic and prude. In fact, many think there is something wrong with you if you haven’t indulged. It all about what I want now.
Check out these other statistics:
1. 50% of all pregnancies in the US are unplanned. 8 out of 10 teen pregnancies are unplanned.
2. 43% of all unplanned pregnancies will end in abortion.
3. 60 million abortions since 1973.
4. 18% failure rate of condoms – CDC.
5. 9% failure rate of the Pill -CDC.
6. 25% of Americans have an incurable STD.
7. 85% of Americans with herpes don’t know it.
8. 43% of teens did not use a condom the last time they had sex-CDC.
9. 41% of teens admit to having sexual intercourse-CDC.
10. 21% of teens used drugs or alcohol before the last sexual intercourse-CDC.
11. 1 in 4 girls will be pregnant at least once before the age of 20.
12. 1 in 4 teens will contract an STD every year.
13. $16,000- the cost to taxpayers for every teen birth
14. About 750,000 teens get pregnant each year.
15. The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate and abortions in the world.
School Safety Problems
Since faith in God and prayer guidance have been removed from our schools, school safety has become an issue in America.
In fact, last year ( 2018 ) was one of the worst years for school shootings. This year (2019) will break last year’s record. So far the count is 44 shootings in 46 weeks. That’s almost once a week.
Over 228,000 kids have been affected by a school shooting since Columbine in 1999.
If we aren’t teaching any morals or values in the classroom or acknowledging God, then why would we expect our kids to have any morals, values, or beliefs? It is no wonder school safety has become an issue.
Divorce Rate In America
The divorce rate in America as of 2017 is between 40%-50%. The statistics are hard to measure because there are fewer people getting married, so there are fewer divorces. Most people just live together…until they don’t.
Often women get caught in a bad relationship and don’t know how to get out. These unwise decisions directly affect her children.
The result is our families are now fractured. There is no male role model in the home.
Most of the time the father only gets to see the kids on the weekends. And the parents are no longer working together to raise the child on a united front. Family values are antiquated.
Because of divorce, you will often find the parents one-upping each other, kids manipulating the parents, different rules at each parent’s house, and entitlement issues.
How Can We Prevent Violence in Schools?
Preventing violence in schools starts at home. What you do as a mom makes a big difference. Here are 5 things you can do to help:
1. Wait until marriage to have sex
Don’t click off yet. Be open-minded here…If you wait until marriage to have sex, you will avoid STD’s (and other diseases), pregnancy, or a possible abortion.
I don’t think women realize they have most of the liabilities, and men have most of the rewards when it comes to sexuality. Women are the ones left “holding the bag” when things don’t go as planned.
This is why God designed sex for marriage. When you step out of those boundaries there will be consequences in some way. Waiting is the only safe way to avoid great harm to yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Unfortunately, once two people have started being intimate, the emotions are too hard to untangle and reverse. It is possible, just difficult.
2. Choose your man wisely when you marry
Choose a godly man for your life partner. He will not only be your soul mate, but he will be more involved with your kids. Not waiting risks the future of your unborn child.
I am sure most women don’t want the dude who was a one-night-stand to be the father of her child, yet many women make that gamble every day.
Even a committed but unmarried relationship is not really committed.
Your man has not committed financially to help you if you get pregnant. He can walk away anytime. Pretty big risk if you think about it. Ask yourself if you deserve better. I believe you do! You are worth being protected in every way.
3. Teach your children morals and values
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Raise your children to have morals and values. Live by these principles as a family.
Say “no” to your child when you think he should not be at a party or with certain people. He or she needs you to be the adult here, and do the right thing.
Hanging out with the wrong crowd leads to drugs and alcohol, and it opens the door for casual sex and unwanted pregnancy. This is one way of preventing violence in schools.
4. Encourage the father role so it will ensure school safety
The role of dad cannot be stressed enough in your children’s lives. He is the stabilizing factor in the family. Boys especially need a father as a role model on how to be a man.
If you are divorced, do not try to cut the father out of your kid’s life unless he is absolutely unsafe. You will be sorry if you do this. If the father is not available, find a good male role model for your kids.
Most of all, pray for the father of your children. It doesn’t matter if you are married to him or not. He still has a vital impact on you and your kids. This is one way you can be preventing violence in schools.
5. Stay married, if possible
It’s more beneficial if both parents live in the home. Get help if you have marriage problems. Try to work through your issues instead of just giving up immediately. I realize this may be impossible for some people due to infidelity or physical abuse.
Start praying for your marriage. Ask God to change your spouse.
It may mean a time of counseling or separation, but it is worth it to hang in there and work on the issues. Prayer is one of the best ways of preventing violence in schools.
Preventing Violence In Schools
The best way to preventing violence in schools is to reverse the fatherless trend. Pray for your husband, the father of your children. And pray for protection over your kids every day.
Our families are under attack.
It’s time to stand up and do everything we can to raise our sons to be godly men and our daughters to be godly women.
Teach your kids morals and values. Help them follow Jesus so the next generation can reverse the problem of violence in schools.
How are you preventing violence in schools?
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