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Wake Up Macon!

October 2007



Campus Violence Begins Long Before The Student Arrives:

Spiritual Training Must Begin Early




By James Wright



In recent years, violence on the college campus has been on the rise.  With 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 the United States. 


Most recently, the shootings at Virginia Tech have raised some serious questions about the safety, or relative lack thereof, for our young people pursuing higher education.  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.


Since that 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 remorse?


I propose the idea that the incidence of campus violence has its seed planted long before the perpetrator ever makes it to college.  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 guidance.  Religious and-or spiritual guidance is even more rare. 


The African 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 are:

  • 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 prison.

This 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.

The Bible 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



The Bible further teaches us “you should love the Lord God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  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 rise up.  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.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9



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 verses above.  You must make God a part of their everyday experience.  You must teach your children to diligently seek God in all aspects of their life, not just church-related activities.



Simply put, children need a spiritual upbringing if we are to reduce the rising crime rates in our high schools, colleges, and elsewhere in our society. 



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