ERIC Number: EJ725729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Reference Count: N/A
A Tragedy Requires Focus, Not Finger Pointing
Sallee, Marguerite W.
Reclaiming Children and Youth: The Journal of Strength-based Interventions, v14 n2 p71 Sum 2005
Jeff Weise, the 16 year old from Red Lake, Minnesota, who in March 2005 killed five students and a teacher at his high school (as well as his grandfather, his grandfather's companion, and himself) bears a striking resemblance to more than two dozen teens who since 1996 have gone on shooting rampages in schools across the country. They, like Jeff, were lonely, troubled, and hopeless. In the aftermath of this most recent school shooting, people are asking themselves, who bears the blame for Jeff's actions? Is it the Internet, parents, teachers, classmates, community? But pointing a finger is the easy way out. The harder, more productive course is to look inward and accept responsibility. The author contends that rather than wondering why another angry, isolated youth took so many innocent lives as well as his own, people must let the tragedy of Red Lake be their wake-up call. They must each accept responsibility for keeping America's Promise to their young people. Their country's future depends on it.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Violence, Delinquency Prevention, Social Responsibility, Youth Problems, Males, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Intervention, Tragedy, High School Students, Social Isolation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota