From the May 2003 Idaho Observer:
Violence, viciousness increasingly common among kindergartners
Experts blame parents; parents blame society; teachers struggle to cope; none consider institutionalized biochemical insults commencing at birth
USA Today recently frontpaged a story headlined, School violence hits lower grades, by Greg Toppo. Following the subhead, Experts who see violent behavior in younger kids blame parents, prenatal medical problems and an angry society; educators search for ways to cope, the article begins with three examples of how kindergartners and second graders pretend to use guns, punch pregnant teachers in the stomach and threaten to burn down the school with gasoline. Elementary school principles and safety experts say they're seeing more violence and aggression than ever among their youngest students, pointing to what they see as an alarming rise in assaults and threats to classmates and teachers, Toppo wrote.
According to the article, some educators are seeing dramatic increases in kicking, biting and scratching and the acting out of violent fantasies among children ages 6-8.
Conversely, Jamie Rupperman, an advocate for families of special education students in Virginia, believes media attention on school violence and homicidal rampages has unduly increased public concern for schoolyard safety. These are really sensational stories, but for the most part schools are very safe places.
The federal government has noticed the trend and has commissioned the National School Safety Center in Westlake Village, Calif., to track school violence.
While educators and parents attempt to blame each other or society for this disturbing problem, neither consider the obvious: Behavioral and developmental complications that inevitably result when biological organisms are exposed to poison.
It has become routine in the U.S. to begin injecting government-recommended toxic metals and known carcinogens into newborns then subject them to government-approved pharmaceutical drugs in an effort to mask the mental and physical symptoms of the original insult. It is becoming apparent to growing numbers of health care professionals and lay people alike that biochemical imbalance, not bad parents or society, is the root of mental and physical problems in children. See related story page 15
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