Somehow I think I'll be preaching to deaf ears, at least where school officials are concerned.
But let's get this straight from the jump: This story, about a 7-year-old first-grader who robbed a 6-year-old classmate of money at knifepoint last week, is not about a societal weapons problem or a problem with public schools.
No doubt there are societal weapons problems, and some public schools are in a poor state.
But as I've been saying for years now, this is another example of a lack of home training. And I don't have to be an expert in educating children to know that.
If this kid was receiving proper guidance at home or wherever he spends the bulk of his time outside of school, then he wouldn't stick - thankfully not literally, in this case - his classmates up with knives.
Seriously, I'll take $150K and a six pack of Old Milwaukee to fix the schools, 'cause my solution wouldn't be expensive, nor would it start in the classroom. It would start with the parents and legal guardians and their responsibility for molding their kiddie's character and behavior before he sets foot inside a school.
Teach your minor child that knives are for cutting meat and throwing at audience volunteers at the circus, not for robberies. And in the process of teaching them, don't tell them how to behave and then turn 'em over unmonitored at such a young age to violent TV or tunes.