Why do youths become violent?

Last month, a 15-year-old boy was charged with murdering an 18-year-old North Charleston man off Dorchester Road as he took out the trash.

In December, a 14-year-old boy was convicted of shooting into a car and murdering a 22-year-old North Charleston man in Waylyn four months earlier after someone in the car fired a shot into the air.

On Sunday, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the back and head in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood by a group of men thought to be in their early 20s as he and others sat outside. The boy was treated at and released from a local hospital. The shooting came after a fight earlier in the day, according to a police report.

Young people are becoming more involved in crime that often involves young blacks, and community leaders are perplexed by how to stop the escalation of violence. They point to churches and schools helping in the absence of solid family structures in many homes.

“I don’t know if it’s drug-related, but the age group is becoming younger and younger,” said Mary Ward, president of the North Charleston branch of the NAACP. “I have often said that guns are too readily available. We are just having too many of our young people gunned down.”

Read it all from the front page of the local paper.

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7 comments on “Why do youths become violent?

  1. evan miller says:

    Guns aren’t the problem. The lack of stable family structures with two parent households, coupled with a “gangsta” culture among young blacks, is the problem.

  2. Pb says:

    The breakdown of the family is a huge problem that can not be discussed because of political correctness.

  3. Brian of Maryland says:

    It’s all about the family. Aren’t you glad we’re spending all our time talking about homosexuality?

    Brian

  4. m+ says:

    #3- The discussion of sexuality is especially relevant when it comes to the family because we don’t have a common definition of “family.” The difference in definitions matters, from the moral and ethical angle. I think this article shows us some of the results of weakening the traditional (male-female) family as well as the institution of marriage. And for the record, these problems extend across ethnic and socio-economic boundaries- they’re just more dramatic and visible among black youth.

  5. drummie says:

    Sexuality definetly has a place in this discussion. Two parent ( male & female) homes are much better for raising children. A daughters first introduction to a non-sexual male female relationship comes with her father. A son’s from his mother. These can not be replicated by two men or two women. Can’t happen, we’re different. God intended it that way. Within the black community, what I have seen is a huge lack of fathers. This has self perpetuated single mother head of houshold families. This would happen in any race, but is more predominate for many reasons in the black community. What is wrong with the youth of today? Go look in the mirror. It is our fault as parents and grandparents. We have walked away from God and the church in huge numbers and our children pay the price.

  6. rugbyplayingpriest says:

    Modernity loves to delude itself that poverty is finance driven. Thrown enough money at a problem and you can fix it.

    Yet in Victorian Britain there were far more living in poverty but much better work ethic and much stronger morality…why?

    Because the family unit was strong AND MORE IMPORTANTLY all children went to Sunday School and learnt morality and theology.

    Today’s schools are run by postmodern liberals and do not provide any spiritual development- then we wonder why morailty is missing!!

    Go figure…perhaps the faith they so avidly sdestroy is more important than they dare admit.

  7. dpeirce says:

    The problem is the disobedience of God’s will rampant in our society, and the emphasis on personal and individual gratification which goes with it. Family deterioration or homosexuality are just symptoms of that basic cause. But the institutions to which we should be looking for help (religious and political) have either failed us or been taken over by the enemy.

    For example, the Episcopal Church’s concern for MDGs actually makes sense in terms of scripture… except that the FIRST thing to correct must be its disobedience of God’s plainly stated Word and its promotion of licentious gratification. But TEC has both failed us AND been taken over by the enemy.

    Unfortunately, discussing family destruction or modernity affects only the symptoms and not the cause. Even if we fixed families, we would still have the problem. I wish I had solutions instead of just gripes, but at least we should be talking about the cause and not diverting to symptoms.

    In faith, Dave
    Viva Texas < *))><