Look at the in­flu­ences on chil­dren

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – It is shock­ing to read of the dra­matic in­crease in pupils car­ry­ing weapons in Aberdeen schools (Press and Jour­nal, July 12). But should we be sur­prised?

Chil­dren are be­ing ex­posed to acts of vi­o­lence – of­ten ex­treme vi­o­lence – wher­ever they turn. From TV soap op­eras (turn the sound down and just watch the body lan­guage) to cinema, videos, com­puter games and the in­ter­net. And that is not to in­clude the ag­gres­sive “real peo­ple” clashes wit­nessed dur­ing some sport­ing fix­tures.

Chil­dren ab­sorb their val­ues from their sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and the pre­vail­ing cul­ture. Par­ents and schools cer­tainly have a vi­tal role to play re­gard­ing in­cul­cat­ing peace­ful be­hav­iour but as so­ci­ety has in­creas­ingly turned its back on both tra­di­tional val­ues and mo­ral stan­dards then we should not be sur­prised at the re­ported in­crease in law­less­ness. Col­lec­tively, we need to make a U turn: the bib­li­cal term is “re­pen­tance”.

Colin Wil­son, Bell­field Road, North Kes­sock

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