himself become a shooter, shooting two middle school students and killing a beloved math teacher before killing himself in Sparks, NV.
We do know that he took a handgun from home and carried it to school where the shootings occurred. One question
unanswered at this time is how did he get the gun? Was it secured? How did he carry it to school? Was it in a backpack? Parents should always checks kids’ backpacks for weapons, drugs, cigarettes, homework, lunch or snacks, underwear (?), or whatever before they go to school. No one wants to be called at work for inappropriate stuff found in their kid’s backpacks. It will be interesting to see if the police charge the parents.
It has not yet been determined if the shooter was, in fact, a victim of bullying, but initial interviews with classmates and friends seem to indicate that he was. We will find out soon. If he was then who was aware of this bullying, and what
did they do about it? I said in my earlier posts that parents of bullies should be responsible for the actions of their children. When kids turn to bullying, the parents of the bullies should be accountable for not monitoring their children’s behavior. Bullying occurs in the workplace as well. I wrote about this in my e-book, Leadership for New Managers: Book Two, http://smashwords.com/b/300090.
The role of the school is another issue. So often school officials fail to act when bullying surfaces. I think that many of these people believe that kids can work these things out themselves. Schools should have a No Tolerance policy and should monitor cyber behavior by students. This requires
special software that many schools do not have. Schools should provide more suicide prevention training for students and faculty and include bullying.
Another item in the news is the case of Glenn Taylor who was seen in a video toppling a rock in Utah’s Goblin Valley State park. There is a buzz about the fact that he has a lawsuit pending where he is claiming disability from injuries received in an automobile accident. Viewers are upset because he was able to topple the work while claiming disability.
Come on folks! Get a life. There are different types of disabilities. I am a disabled Vietnam vet
but not for my back. I do have a bad back – slipped disk and herniated disk. Anyone disabled will tell you there are good days and bad. I think even on a bad day I could topple a wobbly rock. He said it was about to fall over any way. He didn’t have to lift it – only push it.
The Boy Scouts of America were correct to disown Mr. Taylor. He reflects poorly on the BSA. He was trying to do a good dead, but it was misguide and lacking in sound judgment. Apparently, Mr. Taylor lacked any adult supervision. He violated the BSA “Leave no trace” policy.