Thursday, April 20, 2006

Youth of the Nation

On April 21, 1999, two armed students entered their High School in the suburb of Littleton, Colorado, and started firing at students. A security school officer allegedly returned the fire, but the final result of this incident was 15 fatal victims and some other wounded.
Seven years have passed since that sad passage. It is painful to remember that this was not the only shooting that took place in a High School in the United States; many times we've heard about this kind of disgraces and maybe this is a nice time to think about what's going on with American youth.
This may sound quite strange, but in my opinion, this problems are home-made. As American families tend to sever more and more each time (for many reasons, e.g., divorces or children leaving their homes), this brings some consequences. First of all, the children have to face several problems as sometimes their parents fight and discuss each other, it is not rare that children also take part on these troubles and they affect them badly. Another major problem that probably is linked with this kind of behaviour is the consumption of drugs and alcohol by youngsters since an early age. It is well known as that kind of substances lead to behaviour disorders and this can grow to dangerous levels.Most of the times the youngsters approach to drugs and alcohol because of their loneliness, or because of the company of negative influences for them.
A third possible cause of this may be the loss of moral and social values. In a world with so much trouble, it is very important to forge solid familiar links, which is a non attended issue by the majority of American families.
I consider that shootings into schools and other related tragedies can be clearly avoided if the above mentioned issues are improved. I'd encourage people to approach their children, and to spend time with them, teaching them the way to make this world a better place to live in. It's time to make the difference, isn't it?


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