Robert Butler, Jr, the son of an Omaha police detective, shot his principal and vice-principal today before leaving the school and later taking his own life.
Apparently, he was upset about his move from his previous school to Millard South High School last fall.
Robert Butler, the shooter, was a senior at the high school, having transferred there in the fall of 2010 from Southwest High School. He was given a good report by his former principal saying that he was a good student and popular. (See video at end of this article.)
It has become a daily occurrence in the news where depressed, angry, or frustrated family members turn to seeking the lives of others; and many times turn their weapon on themselves when they realize what they have done.
Men seem to attack co-workers at their places of employment, women their families, while students seem to attack people in their schools. Are these the places where they are suffering the most; or places where they are seeking revenge; or just places they think will get the most coverage giving them some kind of importance? Are they blinded by anger; or weighed down by depression?
The families in America are in desperate trouble; and there needs to be more emotional counselors in the schools to seek out and respond to students who are showing signs of depression and/or distress. Most school counselors are mainly concerned with school credits, academics, and requirements for graduation.
When students choose this path, can we assume that the parents had no idea that their child was capable of such acts; or do they refuse to admit it to themselves. It seems today that far too many parents feel they are caught in the middle. For decades, the school was usurped the authority of the parents in the homes and have taught in direct opposition to what many families feel are their values and their right.
Religion has been scoffed at in the schools and the students have been taught that they have no divine origin; but have descended from monkeys. They have been taught there are no absolutes and that they are to be “free thinkers,” and to make up their own minds about society.
These are hard times for young people to grow up in. Every generation has had its problems; but never before has the family been so attacked and shattered that kids don’t feel they have the support that they need from both parents, the school, and the church.
The public schools have more interaction with students than any other individuals in their lives. It is time we stopped worrying about Happy Meals and whether or not kids ate potato chips or carrots for lunch and seek to help them in areas that have the potential for violence against others and themselves.
So many kids are absorbed in movies and videos that show anger, retaliation, and revenge being taken by the use of violence and weapons.
The victims, Dr. Curtis Case, principal is listed in serious condition at Creighton University Medical Center. The Vice-Principal Ms. Vicki Kaspar is listed in critical condition.
He left a message on Facebook; which apparently referenced his intentions. Far too often now Facebook and other society pages has become substitutes for family and true friends. Facebook, while it has is attributes, has been used a lot lately as a way for people to cry out to the public for help.
According to KETV7 – in Omaha – the following message was sent out via Facebook:
“Everybody that used to know me, I’m sorry, but Omaha changed me and (expletive) me up and the school I now attend is even worse. You are going to hear about the evil (expletive) I did, but that (expletive) school drove me to this. I want you guys to remember me for who I was before this. I know I greatly affected the lives of the families I ruined, but I’m sorry. Goodbye.”
No students, other faculty, and employees were harmed. Let’s us as a faith believing people pray that this will be the last of such incidents as we strive to help our students learn how to live and not just how to earn a living. Most all classes in school are now geared toward a future career; when many kids don’t see that they even have a future.
It is not the school’s responsibility to raise America’s children; but is it also not their duty to interfere in family/student relationships as they have for many decades. In the early 1960’s at a PTA meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, this author heard a former NEA member speak. He told way back then it was the desire of the NEA to have complete control of the students with little or no involvement of the parents.
Have parents become mere incubators and care givers until their children are old enough to become wards of the public school system? Think about it. Talk with some of the old folks around and ask their advice on things that made a difference in their day – a day when such as this day would never have happened.
CNN Coverage: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/05/two-shot-at-nebraska-high-school-suspect-dead/
KETV 7 Coverage: http://www.ketv.com/news/26377630/detail.html See news video at this site.
See images of today’s event at: http://www.ketv.com/slideshow/news/26378853/detail.html
The prayers of a nation is being said for the complete recovery of the principal and vice-principal, the students and faculty at this school; but also for the family friends of this young man who felt such desperation that he chose to perpetrate these acts on others; and end his own life today.
And it is written:
Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. (Do we treat our children as a great heritage and a reward?)
Proverbs 8:32 “Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.” (Are we teaching our children God’s ways?)
Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. (Discipline does not mean to beat your children; but comes from the word disciple – which means to teach.) The greatest way we teach is by example; but we must also teach our children right from wrong and that choices have consequences – if we don’t teach them, the world will.
Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death. (What responsibility do most teens have today? Little or none? Their days are filled with school, peer pressure, boredom, and their free time is spent playing games or hanging out. Far too easy parents cop out by explaining that their children’s bad behavior is just something to be tolerated because of the phase of their age. Far too many of America’s children are eat up with anger and they don’t even know why. It is because they see no value in human life, no goals that include others than themselves, and no purpose to work hard to achieve what they want.)
Are gone the days when mothers and fathers actually taught their girls and boys how to do things and live lives that are pleasing to God and man?
The schools, neither the church, nor any in society will ever be able to teach children like God intended for parents to teach their children. God gave them to parents and not the school system or society. It does not take a village to raise a child; but a loving home and parents who put their children first in their lives. What does it profit parents to give their children the whole world of possessions and they lose their lives and their souls? ~~~~~
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