years, violence on the college campus has been on the
hate crimes, rapes, and murders at universities steadily
increasing, one has to wonder what has caused the
upswing in violent crime rates in colleges all across
recently, the shootings at Virginia Tech have raised
some serious questions about the safety, or relative
lack thereof, for our young people pursuing higher
On April 16,
2007, in the
deadliest mass shooting in
U.S. history, a
lone gunman shot and killed 30 students at two separate
buildings at the university. He then turned the gun
on himself, for a total of 31 dead.
day, there has been a widespread effort to reduce the
incidence of violent crime on campus. Everything from
websites offering statistics, risk factors, and warning
signs to the hearing held in May of this year by the
House Committee on Education and Labor entitled “Best
Practices for Making College Campuses Safe” – the war on
campus violence has formally been waged.
But one has
to ask the questions: How did it get to this point? What possesses these young people to perpetrate
violence upon one another with seemingly no
the idea that the incidence of campus violence has its
seed planted long before the perpetrator ever makes it
There is a widespread and growing lack of
conscience in our young people that can only be
addressed in childhood. In two
generations of permissive parenting, where the parent
strives to be the child’s best friend and many children
are allowed, and even encouraged, to “do their own
thing,” youth today are growing up with little or no
Religious and-or spiritual guidance is even more
American culture is at particular risk, as more and more
black men are jailed and imprisoned, leaving single
mothers to raise children without a strong, positive,
male role model.
Often, these mothers are suffering from active
alcohol and drug addiction and millions of children are
being abandoned to aging grandparents who mistakenly
believed their childrearing days were over. Consider these
statistics for children from fatherless homes. They
- 5 times
more likely to commit suicide.
- 32 times
more likely to run away.
- 20 times
more likely to have behavioral disorders.
- 14 times
more likely to commit rape
- 9 times
more likely to drop out of high school.
- 10 times
more likely to abuse chemical substances.
- 9 times
more likely to end up in a state-operated institution.
- 20 times
more likely to end up in
generation of young people is in serious trouble and
what they need is a return to good old-fashioned values
and a strict adherence to the Bible and God’s Word. Parents must
play a more vital role in training their children while
they are young.
teaches us that we should train our children. “Train up
a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he
will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
further teaches us “you should love the Lord God with
all your heart, all your soul, and all your
And these words which I command you today shall
be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when
you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and
they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write
on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
We should be
personally involved in our children’s training. The Hebrews were
extremely successful at making religion an integral part
of life; the reason for this success was that religious
education was life-oriented, not
information-oriented. The key to
teaching children to love God is simply stated in the
You must make God a part of their everyday
You must teach your children to diligently seek
God in all aspects of their life, not just
children need a spiritual upbringing if we are to reduce
the rising crime rates in our high schools, colleges,
and elsewhere in our society.
Carpet Express stands at the forefront of bringing about
positive change for the city of
Macon in the