"Shoot me first" was an apparent effort to buy time for her schoolmates.
"It is mandatory by law that every child in this country receives an education. They must attend either a public or private school or be home schooled. They must attend until the age of sixteen or eighteen, depending on the state in which they live. The vast majority of our children attend public schools." Education in the United States — Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Drastic changes must be made in our publicly-funded educational system. During these past few weeks, America has witnessed an alarming increase in the number and frequency of grisly deaths of students across our land. This trend of violence should not be surprising; from kindergarten through high school, our children are exposed to a perverse system that no longer teaches right from wrong. Today's youth and young adults are turning on themselves and a society that they are obviously very angry with.
There have been 219 violent deaths in schools since the Columbine massacre in Colorado, including 99 shootings, 30 by stabbings, 12 by fighting, 35 suicides, 28 murder-suicides, and 15 other violet infractions. Many more incidents of violence go unreported. (see more)
The bullying and teasing factor some believe is "just part of growing up" can no longer be ignored or taken lightly. The behavior can cause deep depression, uncontrollable anxieties, and festering anger. It leaves scars that are often carried into adulthood. Neither the victims nor the perpetrators are given much attention in our inferior and poorly-run public schools. School officials must intervene.
Many of the murderers in highly-publicized spree killings were cruelly teased by fellow students. There is no closing the barn door after a student lashes out with such acts of violence. Too often, there is a pattern that stems from the ignored and unchecked improper behavior exhibited by troubled youth. (see more)
Excerpts from ABC News:
Oct. 5, 2006 — The oldest of the five Amish girls shot dead in a Pennsylvania schoolhouse is said to have stepped forward and asked her killer to "Shoot me first," in an apparent effort to buy time for her schoolmates.
Rita Rhoads, a midwife who delivered two of the victims, told ABC News' Law and Justice Unit that she learned of 13-year-old Marian Fisher's plea from Fisher's family.
What's more, Fisher's 11-year-old sister Barbie, who survived the shooting, allegedly asked the gunman, Charles Carl Roberts IV, to "Shoot me" second, Rhoads said.
"They were amazing," Rhoads said, 'absolutely amazing. There was a tremendous amount of calm and courage in that schoolroom."
For decades, progressives have turned our institutions into breeding grounds for generations of self-centered people who are more lovers of pleasure than lovers of God. They neither care nor try to understand the concept of becoming their brother's keeper.
We are witnessing the fall of a civilized nation, a nation that has strayed from its foundation of America's Judeo-Christian beliefs. We have allowed secular groups to toss us to and fro in this game of moral ambiguity. They want to remove the Lord from the public arena. Traditionalists are God-centered people. They are the only ones left to challenge and stop groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and not be intimidated by them.
Removing prayer from the classroom has emboldened the spread of the secular movement that prioritizes "Heather Has Two Mommies" over civics and basic traditional education. The theory of evolution is being taught as a true science, which is neither logical nor intellectually honest. It is a hypothesis.
The theory taught alone robs students of their self-worth. The definition of true education must be clearly redefined and reshaped with balance. Both evolution and intelligent design should be taught in the public school systems, and allowed to stand on their own merits. (Wikipedia)
True education includes the value of scientific knowledge and literary accomplishments. It should also teach the values and power of good character. The world needs men and women who possess more than just great intellect. It needs people with noble character based on Godly principles.
"The tongues of the wise use knowledge aright" (Proverbs 4:7, 15:2). True education imparts this wisdom. It teaches the best use, not only of one, but of all our powers and attributes. Thus, it covers the whole circle of obligation to ourselves, to the world, and to God.
Character-building is the most important work ever entrusted to human beings, and never before has its diligent study been as important as it is now. Never before has any generation been called upon to meet issues as momentous as those we face today.
Much of today's secular education has been perverted. It teaches ambition, greed, lust for power, and a disregard for the rights and needs of humanity. God's plan has a place for every human being. Each should improve his or her talents to the utmost, and then bestow these gifts upon society.
2 Corinthians 10:12: "Whatever we do is to be done as of the ability which God giveth."
1 Peter 4:11: "It is to be heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men, knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ."
Colossians 3:23, 24: The education gained in carrying out these principles is most precious.
The education our youth receive today is drastically different from that reflected in the above wisdom. From their earliest years, it fosters rivalry and self-centeredness, which of course includes sexual immorality. The love of God and country is ridiculed by those who have a divergent agenda from that of the forefathers of our nation. Liberalism thrives in our classrooms and endangers the moral and physical safety of our youth.
America's youth is being indoctrinated into a base mindset that will bring them nothing but personal harm and, eventually, end up polluting our society with crime and dysfunction.
Schools and universities where Godly instruction goes hand in hand with the sciences and arts are worth seeking to educate and enlighten students' minds. Do not be impressed with institutions of higher learning simply because they are rated as the top ten by mere mortals (often biased ones). The US News and World Report does not meet The Good News standards. Until our public schools are rescued, parents should look into Christian schools and universities for their children's education.
A little Amish girl offered herself to be shot first in an attempt to spare the lives of the others. Marian Fisher's character was developed at her mother's knee. The Fisher family is a testimony to a Godly upbringing.
The gap between conservatives and liberals is wider than it has been in any of the last seven Battleground Polls over the last four and a half years than it does right now, today. Liberals have never been more unpopular than now and conservatives never more popular than now. The Battleground Poll is the most intensively researched bipartisan poll in American, the only poll that openly relieves all its internal questions, the most accurate poll.
The huge advantage that conservatives have over liberals ought to determine the results of the October 2006 elections, but only if conservatives know who to define themselves boldly and clearly. That is the salient issue in American politics. It has been so for a long time. Just ask the ghost of President Reagan in Heaven.
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Marie's refreshing and spirited point of view is reflected in her writings, genuine and spiritual opinions regarding God and his teachings. Marie is a practicing Christian, a nurse, a student of the Bible, and a patriot. Many of Marie's articles are a reflection of her great admiration for those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is an advocate for the troops, as well as the Blue and Gold Star Mothers of America, and their families. Marie has appeared as a guest with political talk show host Bruce Elliott on WBAL-1090 AM.