Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rhymes on the Newsworthy Times-Fortress Wantagh High Skool [sic] Lockers Sealed

 Fortress Wantagh High School
“Blowing The Skool [sic] up today no joke I’ve had it.”
It looks like grammar and spelling at Wantagh High School has quit
Sadly our schools from elementary to universities have become potential killing zones
A gun culture layered over a collapse of mental health becoming way too violence prone
Sealing lockers, banning purses, banning backpacks, books in plastic bags
While lurking within or without guns with high capacity mags
If a troubled teen somehow does not have access to a gun
A knife will kill almost as quickly if one cannot away from the threat quickly run
While some pounce on the excuse of white privilege to violence explain
Others quickly condemn the culture of music and film violence distorting reality in a teen's brain.
There was a time almost eons ago when during recess running free
You would hear "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me"
But words today can feelings definitely hurt 
Planting the revenge seed that may sprout in violence gone berserk 
Or not heard or ignored cries for help are omens of violence to waiting to explode  
Victims of the social mores against killing and violence continuing to erode 
We cannot put an armed deputy with bomb sniffing dogs in every school
Nor can we keep all kids at home isolated to learn online education's tools
An easy answer might be to inculcate in the youth the need for the Golden Rule
Teens shorn of childhood innocence would laugh at us as fools
But we can our mental health system try to restore
To learn the signs of mental illness and no longer ignore
© My 29, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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