This country has seen its share of senseless shootings and killings at our schools. After every event school officials, parents and political leaders get together and express their grief and sorrow over what happened. Our country mourns as it should over the loss of lives both young and old for no reason. Most of the time the killer is not around to give us any insight why they wreaked havoc and brought such sorrow to our communities and nation.
Our school leaders and others try to come up with a "plan" to ensure that it never happens again. Well it's quite clear that all the training of staff, studying of earlier shootings and trying to get tougher gun laws passed that none of these solutions has worked. As a nation we cry out to God our creator and ask "why" would he let this happen? We always turn to him after these senseless acts of violence happen.
Here's an idea, bring prayer back to our schools. Turn to God before these senseless acts occur. Nothing else has worked I think we can all agree on that. Maybe a child or even worse an adult who is supposed to protect our child will hear a prayer and turn back from what they are getting ready to do. For those parents that do not want their child to hear or participate in a 60 second prayer before class starts those children can be placed in a room where the prayer cannot be heard.
We have all said that in the '40s and '50s we never had this violence in our schools. Prayer in schools ended in the early '60s and things have gone downhill from there. We took God and his protection out of our school systems. I'm not saying that bringing prayer back to our schools will end all violence or correct everything that is wrong in our school systems but how can it hurt? We have brought guns into our schools to try to stop the violence by having our school hallways monitored by armed police officers. So we are telling our children that the way to stop violence is to create a violent atmosphere. I hope all school officials, political leader and board of education officials see this article and give very serious thought to bringing back prayer to our schools, and maybe bring back a sense of peace to our students and parents as well.
James C. King