Thursday, April 9, 2009

Update (and More)

Thank you, everyone, for your concern about my family and our school.
Apparently the drama still wasn't quite over after that young man was arrested.
Another youth, one of the first ones friends, took a bottle of flamable liquid to school and was found carrying a razor blade and a threatening note.
Read more about that >>>here<<<.
Hopefully that will be all.
The 10 year anniversary of Columbine is this month. It is my guess that these kids were planning a reunion copycat event.
This is really scary. It is reminding me of an e-mail I got recently.
A guy named Darrell Scott lost his daughter when the Columbine shooting happened.
He spoke to a special subcommittee of Congress.
This is what he said;
'Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence.
The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
'The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field.
The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association.
The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.
'In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA.. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended.
If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent. I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies!
Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves.
I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question 'Why?'
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need! '
Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc.
Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our 20 major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.
What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA.
They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties.
We do not need more restrictive laws.
Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors.
No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre.
The real villain lies within our own hearts.
'As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school.
I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!
I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools.
Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain.
Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.
To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter's death will not be in vain!
The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!'
Keep praying for my family and our school. But pray for all of our schools too. It could not be more apparent that our schools need prayer.


Mike Hugo said...

Sometimes when I read or hear something I just know from deep within me that it is true. This is true! We need to teach our children what to do instead of more of what they shouldn't do. I loved this post thanks for sharing.

Lydia said...

I like the poem. I wish that there was still open prayer in school.

Chuck and Nancy said...


Chuck and Nancy said...

Our country was formed as a Christian Nation. No one religious group was to be recognized. Each person was to develop a relationship with God as he felt he could grow personally.
We must encourage that.