Two more chilling stories of thwarted teenage school massacre plots have stunned Americans once again. Police, in April, uncovered a plan by five Riverton, Kansas teenage boys just hours before the attack. Several days later, police arrested six North Pole, Alaska seventh-graders planning to kill students and teachers.
The Kansas plot was set to take place on the anniversary of the Columbine School massacre. The boys, age 16 to 18, planned to wear black trench coats, emulating the Columbine killers and targeting fellow students and school employees.
North Pole police said the arrests halted an elaborate plan to kill students and teachers, using both guns and knives. School officials also suspended nine other seventh-grade boys in connection with the alleged plot at the school near Fairbanks.
Both thwarted plots came one year after a 16-year old Red Lake, Minnesota youth gunned down his grandfather and companion, and then went to his reservation school, killing seven students and staff members before killing himself.
What is the reason for this inexplicable violence or planned mayhem by young boys against relatives, students and teachers? One common thread links these latest plots to the Columbine massacre and Red Lake murders: a thread that schools, the courts, social services agencies and juvenile authorities seem helpless to address. It is school bullying. It feeds on peer pressure, teenage caste systems, violent video games and cultic role playing.
Regardless of the locations – big city or small community – a creeping pall of corrupting influence grips today's youth. Stalked by greedy fashion exploiters, antisocial rock stars spewing filthy lyrics, sex predators, perverted Internet bloggers and raised by latch-key parenting; children are not being nurtured today, they are being victimized. The results are: school violence, skyrocketing teen suicide rates, rat-pack teen gang predation on the rest of society and each other.
While bullying and school castes have always been a part of the school scene, they have grown into a force society seems unable to bring under control. Bullying is defined as: "the tendency for some children to frequently oppress, harass or intimidate other children, verbally, physically or both, in and out of school."
Victims of bullies generally have low self esteem, making them sensitive loners, who over-compensate through imaginative role playing and fantasy. When they do establish peer relations, it is with other victims, identifying with outlandish teen cults such as Goths, Satanism, vampirism, witchcraft and neo-Nazism. All have sinister overtones, reacting within school caste systems, resulting in even more brutal bullying and violent reactions.
What is the cause of this horrible affliction on the most precious hope of mankind – our youth? Our children have nothing to focus on but the physical. They are deprived of the true meaning of life – the deep things (1 Corinthians 2:10). Lacking what is truth, they become bound up in slavery to perverted things. Jesus Christ taught that "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). But modern education is devoid of the Word of the God. Religion is twisted and watered down into a counterfeit parody, trapping the world's children in cultism (Read our booklet: Satan's Counterfeit Christianity).
God's "truth" shows that our children are to be given proper education, and a rich understanding about who He is and what He expects of them: "Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord" (Psalms 34:9–11).
The result of true education, based on the Word of God will revolutionize society. Children will know and understand their Ultimate Destiny – "And all your children shall be taught by the Lord; and great shall be the peace of your children" (Isaiah 54:13).