Stopping School Violence One Child At A Time

By

Stopping School Violence One Child At A Time
Gun control won't do it. Tougher sentencing won't do it. It's about relationships.

In light of the recent tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT, it's past time to take a look at what causes these tragedies to occur.

I've heard a sharp public call for stricter gun control but that won't stop the violence. A person driven to kill will find whatever means are available to him at the time. Stricter penalties won't do it because a person in a murderous rage isn't thinking about consequences.

People will criticize this article because it isn't focused on the victims. Some will say they don't care about what motivates killers. However, it's too late to rescue the shooting victims of Sandy Hook. It is my hope to help any future victims before they become victims by looking at the underlying causes. [If you are interested in learning more about Empowerment Parenting, sign up and get my free parenting report.]

You will find if you look at other school shootings that most, if not all, shooters were either taking psychotropic medication or just being weaned from it. This medication is prescribed far too frequently to children and young adults in spite of known unintended effects, such as suicidal and homicidal ideation.

The pharaceutical companies have become way too powerful. They fund the research and determine what results get reported to the general public and what doesn't but that is not the subject of this article. If you'd like to learn more, check out the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights.

Why do psychiatrists prescribe drugs with known negative effects? Because it is what they know to do that might help the situation. However, prescribing psychotropic meds is similar to offering Novacain for tooth decay. The person may feel better but the underlying cause is still present and will get worse.

It is time to stop drugging our children to fit in some mold of what we determine is normal. And instead start paying attention to what is creating the problems in the first place.

People who go on a murderous rampage, generally have two underlying causes, both of which would be prevented by attention, patience and acceptance. The two underlying causes are either a lack of any meaningful relationships with any adult and/or a profound feeling of being totally and completely powerless.

This is not solely the fault of the parents, relatives or teachers. We all bear responsibility for this. How many of us can name a child in our circle of influence that we basically ignore?

Children need five basic needs met in order to thrive. Having a serious deficit in any of these basic human needs will lead to creative behavior designed to get the unmet need met. Sometimes that behavior will be responsible and other times not. People always come up with the best option they can conceive of at the time.

Children need love and connection with others in their lives. The typical school shooter, if there is such a thing, tends to be disconnected and lacking empathy but is not necessarily the person who is always in trouble. Usually, they are the quiet, withdrawn children that no one notices. Pay attention.

Article contributed by
Advanced Member

Kim Olver

Speaker/Presenter

Kim Olver, LCPC, has been featured in Whole Living, Women's World, Fitness Magazine and Counseling Today and is the best-selling, award winning author of Secrets of Happy Couples: Loving Yourself, Your Partner, and Your Life.

Connect with Kim by signing up for her FREE InsideOut Relationship Advice Newsletter and receive a FREE recording about our Life Changing Process, InsideOut Empowerment and have access to FREE relationship assessments.

Check out new products that might be for you in my Webstore

Location: Country Club Hills (Chicago), IL
Credentials: LCPC, MS, NCC
Specialties: Communication Problems, Couples/Marital Issues, Empowering Women
Other Articles/News by Kim Olver:

How To Be Happy: It's An InsideOut Job

By

The reason most people feel unhappy is that they are in search of this illusive happiness that is somehow found outside of them in things they acquire, people they want and experiences they have. While these things can bring temporary pleasure, if you are seeking true happiness, it’s an InsideOut job. See the seven steps on how to be happy and ... Read more

The Cheerios Commercial: Is Interracial Marriage Still Taboo?

By

As a person who has been in an interracial relationship, I was so encouraged to see the newest Cheerios commercial star a Caucasian mother, an African American father and their adorable biracial little girl. When the media begins to depict different types of families, the public may be exposed to difference in a way they wouldn't otherwise and exposure can ... Read more

Why You Should Never 'Reward' Your Boyfriend With Sex

By

According to The Daily Mail, new research says that two-thirds of British women admit using sex to reward their partner for good behavior, with helping around the home being the most common reason they reward their partners in the bedroom. For generations and generations, men and women have been attempting to control each others' behavior. We ... Read more

See More

PARTNER POSTS
Latest Expert Videos
Ask The Experts

Have a dating or relationship question?
Visit Ask YourTango and let our experts and community answer.

Most Popular