Teen Rage and Deadly Delights - Part 1

Social changes that drive teens to irrational rage

by Berit Kjos, 2002

Part 2: Using violence to justify snooping, snitching and statist control


For six terrifying minutes on March 6, a "friendly" freshman at Santana High School near San Diego peppered fellow students with shots that killed two and wounded thirteen.  Why?

The media offers some clues: a broken family, a cross-country move, school bullies, a stolen skateboard and a beating…  It describes Andy Williams as an outcast, a braggart and a funny and affectionate friend who seemed eager to please, yet played a prank with a water gun filled with urine.

None of those clues explain Andy's hidden rage or lack of restraint. But his smiling face and unrepentant attitude suggest that he enjoyed his killing spree. Had he no conscience? 

If not, he exemplifies an unsettling process of planned social change that is shifting America's values from its Christian roots toward an amoral global consciousness. It involves three main steps: 

  1. Confuse and eradicate America's "intolerant" Biblical values.   
  2. Introduce a new set of pluralistic beliefs and values.
  3. Train everyone to think collectively, follow their feelings instead of facts, and please the group rather than traditional authorities.

Each step involves cognitive dissonance, a form of moral confusion that blurs traditional standards for right and wrong. "Christian" children are not immune to this psycho-social manipulation, but most children trained by it will reject Biblical Christianity. These progressive phases illustrate the process:

Mental imbalance and emotional instability often follow this process.  Bill Clinton’s Governor's School -- an annual summer school for selected Arkansas high school students -- shows the consequences. It immersed students into a seductive fantasy world where all seemed perfect, while group dialogue pressured them to embrace a radical idealism that produced hatred rather than tolerance, and disillusionment instead of fulfillment.

By the time some students left the school, this imagined utopia felt more real to them than the actual world. As in Soviet brainwashing, they had been weaned from truth, facts, logic and reality. Their conscience had been twisted, their emotions destabilized, and their minds opened to manipulation by any feel-good suggestion.

The transition back to reality -- to home, family and normal life -- was agonizing. "When I came back home, I sort of wrote a suicide note to myself," confessed former student LeAndrew Crawford. "I was totally down, because my family just didn't feel like my family. . . . I didn't want to be back."

Brandon Hawk did commit suicide, and other concerned parents contacted his parents. "They see the same thing in their kids that we saw in Brandon," the father explained. "…They just sort of walk off and leave the family."

Morally, America has become like a dying lake that looks clear on the surface while the algae and decay spreads in the darkness below. By the time the scum stains the surface, the whole lake is corrupt. The next eruption can happen anywhere.  

God's Word alone can break through the human speculations and answer the hard questions that follow each school-ground killing spree: 

"Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. . . . Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity.... Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind.... They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil …" (Romans 1:18-32) 

But the Bible also offers hope. Psalm 130:3-7 points to His mercy and healing love:

"If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared. I wait for the Lord… and in His word I do hope."

Part 2- Using Teen Violence to Justify Government Control

For documentation and background information, 

see Mind Control and  From the Littleton Crisis to Government Control

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