Virginia Tech Tragedy is a Wake-Up Call to Parents

George Barna – The Barna Group April 23, 2007

Researcher and bestselling author George Barna says the current public debate about the implications of the Virginia Tech tragedy is missing the point. “The animated conversations about gun control, campus security, counseling standards, campus communications, drug abuse and mental health funding do not address the core issue raised by this event. This situation is not primarily a challenge to politicians, educators or police. It’s a dramatic wake-up call to parents.”

Barna indicated that he was sympathetic toward the parents of the college student who murdered 31 classmates and faculty before taking his own life. But he also stated that it sometimes takes a crisis to focus attention on important issues that a society must address.

Barna’s studies on parenting and child development led him to offer a series of facts and observations related to the Virginia Tech situation.

By the time an American child is 23 years old, as was the killer in Virginia, he will have seen countless murders among the more than 30,000 acts of violence to which he is exposed through television, movies and video games.
By the age of 23, the average American will have viewed thousands of hours of pornographic images, which diminish the dignity and value of human life.
After nearly a quarter century on earth, the typical American will have listened to hundreds of hours of music that fosters anger, hatred, disrespect for authority, selfishness, and radical independence.
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