Barb Frank of Thriving in the 21st Century (formerly the Imperfect Homeschooler) recently provided a link to a tragic story.
According to WTSP.com, the website of Channel 10 News, “Tampa Bay’s Leader” (A Gannett Company), Pasco County, FL, authorities said that one student set a special education student on fire at Gulf Middle School in New Port Richey.
The New Port Richey police said that the incident happened in a boy’s bathroom. The police report states one student “took a can of Old Spice body spray and lit the spray stream on fire.” He then “directed the fire stream at fellow student.” The victim’s pants briefly caught on fire and the hair on his arm was singed.
The school’s resource officer tells 10 News the victim was very scared and upset after the incident. Also, it doesn’t appear the two students involved had an ongoing issue. In fact, the student who lit the flames has a clear disciplinary record at the school. The SRO doesn’t believe it was a targeted attack, but more for “entertainment.”
The student was charged with aggravated battery. He is only 11 years old. It will be up to the State Attorney’s Office to decide what happens next. It’s also unclear right now what disciplinary action the student faces in school.
I am going to express an opinion. This kind of thing simply did not happen back when I was in elementary school, some fifty years ago. IT DID NOT! So, why is it happening today? The fact is that fifty years ago our society generally and even the schools were governed by Judaeo-Christian principles from the Bible.
However, today, under the stupidly mistaken notion of “separation of church and state” (which should only mean that the state must not have control over the church), any recognition of Judaeo-Christian principles from the Bible must be completely eliminated from public schools. We are told that we are a “multicultural, plural society” and we cannot force our “values” on others.
Furthermore, some fifty years of teaching evolution as fact in public schools, convincing generations of students that we are nothing more than descendents of amoral animals, has obviously had its effect on people’s thinking as well. All the more reason why Bible believing parents should keep their kids as far away from public schools as possible. Educate them at home in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. You’ll be glad you did!