Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold planned and carried out premeditated
murder at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Those killings can
never be justified.
But the two lads did at least have the gumption to follow through on that
part of their plan which called for them to take their own lives. Harris
and Klebold thus join their victims in qualifying as the latest martyrs to
the greatest failed social experiment of this century, the mandatory
government youth propaganda camps, still known to most of the press and
public as "public schools."
We do not see private or parochial school students shooting up the joint
(though the infection may yet spread there, if the strings attached to
tax-funded "vouchers" succeed in turning private schools into clones of the
government brand.) Neither do we see home-schoolers going mad with readily
Nonetheless, we shall now see the government youth camps dressed up with
more metal detectors and armed guards. This at least has the merit of
making their true nature more obvious.
The effect of such institutions on captive adolescent males was first
seen when young Native American boys were kidnapped and shipped off to
"Indian schools." Their hair shorn and forbidden to speak their native
tongues, cut off from the fathers and uncles who could have trained them in
their tribes' traditions, that generation of Indian men grew up to have
fantastic rates of alcoholism, suicide, and every other form of
For millennia, all around the globe, human cultures have recognized that
male adolescence is a dangerous necessity. The flood of hormones that turns
boys into men produces the strength, aggression, and competitiveness
necessary for success in the hunt, protection of the tribe against hostile
neighbors, and victory in the reproductive battle to pass on these
But left unchecked, these characteristics can also produce rape and
murder -- William Golding's nightmare vision from "Lord of the Flies."
Ranchers have long recognized this danger, and respond by castrating most
male animals before they reach maturity.
Since that is not generally an acceptable remedy with our own children,
young males in many cultures have long been taken at adolescence by their
fathers and uncles into the wilderness, where they are taught to hunt and
the skills of war, but also the rules that protect defenseless women and
children. Often, the older men also indoctrinate them into their religious
mysteries, showing the youth how to use the hallucinogenic plants of the
region to achieve a religious vision, cementing his sense of his proper
role in society.
By contrast, in our modern and deeply perverted manner of raising up
young men in sterile rooms full of desks and chairs, such male guidance has
virtually disappeared. Young men who refuse to snitch on their fellows --
observing a male code of honor -- are considered disciplinary problems.
Though the schools endlessly prate about the evils of "drugs," those who
resist discipline are doped up -- chemically castrated -- with Prozac,
Ritalin, or any of a whole new pharmacopeia of handy nostrums guaranteed to
reduce resistance or aggression.
(Look at the energy being poured into tracking where young Messrs. Harris
and Klebold "got their guns." If they had used their cars to mow down 13
pedestrians, would we now be crying "Where on earth did they get those
Chevrolets?" Or might someone instead be spending a little time running
down early reports that Eric Harris tried to join the Marines, but may have
been turned down because he had been prescribed the psychiatric drug Luvox
-- fluvoxamine maleate -- with known side effects including impaired
judgement? After all, we know for a fact young Kip Kinckel of Springfield,
Oregon had only recently been taken off such medications when he decided to
kill his parents and shoot up that welfare awards breakfast down at
his school last year.)
This institutionalization of young males by age cohort was not a huge
problem before 1945, when only a small minority finished high school, based
on the sensible recognition that few had the vocation to go on to study
Latin, Greek, and philosophy. There was little social stigma attached to a
young lad leaving school shortly after reaching puberty to work the family
farm or take up a trade, marry his sweetheart, and start a family.
But now the educrats have gone mad. Even as improved nutrition brings on
puberty at an ever younger age, vast resources are mobilized to stigmatize
as a "dropout and a loser" any lad who leaves the government behavior
modification labs before age 18. (No, this has nothing to do with literacy.
Alexis de Tocqueville found ours the most literate nation on earth, 30
years before the founding of the first tax-funded government school in
Herb Goldberg, Ph.D., writes in "The Hazards of Being Male": "In the
public schools, the majority of students regarded as problem cases by
teachers are boys. ..."
As early as elementary school, "While there is great peer pressure to act
like a boy, the teacher's coveted classroom values are traditionally
'feminine' ones. The emphasis is on politeness, neatness, docility, and
cleanliness, with not much approved room being given for the boy to flex
his muscles. ..."
In a study of 12,000 students, "The researcher correlated masculinity
scores of the boys on the California Psychological Inventory with their
school grades," Dr. Goldberg reports. "She found that the higher the boy
scored on the masculine scale, the lower his report card average tended to
The result of this institutional rejection of "maleness"? "Boys show a
significantly greater prevalence of ... bizarre behavior, short attention
span, (and) hyperactivity."
Mr. Goldberg's book was published 22 years ago. It's not as though we
Picture a steam boiler with all the safety valves welded shut. Now,
picture it beginning to shudder, vibrate, and bang. These are your
government schools. You have been warned.