“To end the killing” — 141 murders so far this year — a Baltimore Sun editorial called for “effective police and prosecutors, ample drug treatment, better schools, and more economic opportunities.”
Don’t blame the schools, responded Dave Miceli, a veteran teacher, in a letter to the editor.
I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. We have many excellent teachers. I cannot count the number of students who have physically destroyed property in the schools. They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers’ school supplies, written their filth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers (beyond constantly telling them to perform certain impossible acts upon themselves) and refused to do any homework or classwork.
Miceli blames the crime rate on “a total disregard for life” in Baltimore and other cities.
Who’s responsible for a culture of violence? I’d look to parents.