According to a study by Dr. Suzanne Lego crime has decreased in the past 10 years in all but one area, youth violence. Dr. Lego states that a study conducted by Dr. Joyce Brothers reveals that when a gun in placed on a table in a room where children are playing, and with no one making physical contact with the gun, aggressiveness increases in the level of play. According to Dr. Lego, the same behavior was expressed when a television was tuned to a violent, action packed program (Lego).
It is my opinion that this increased level of aggression does not disappear simply because the cause of the aggression has been removed. Rather this aggression remains in the sub-conscience mind waiting for the perfect opportunity to manifest itself in an action. The pent-up aggression could be released in the act of bullying, playing sports, getting into a fight with others, or it may result in the death of another child.
The problem is to understand why certain individuals turn to killing others as opposed to turning to a positive release such as playing sports. Boxing, football, basketball, soccer, and wrestling are just a few of the many positive releases for this unexpressed aggression. Perhaps it would be beneficial for teachers, coaches, and parents to pay more attention to the children in their charge, and if these children show signs of aggression, persuade them to participate in the positive release of the aggression.
As adults, especially Christian adults, we have the responsibility to these children to guide them in the direction that is respectable and righteous. Proverbs 22:6 is very clear on this point; “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, King James Version). This is not simply our responsibility; it is our obligation to God, our children, and society. As you can see from the example presented below, children killing children is not a new occurrence.
One of Britain's best-known Roman towns is the latest discovery of remains believed to be a girl between eight and 10 years of age who may have been tied up before she died in before 367 AD. Her burial-place is believed to include evidence of a crime. According to Patricia Birley, director of the Vindolanda Trust, "This definitely looks like a case of foul play. It has been very sad to find a child in this shallow grave under the barrack floor.” (Wainwright).
Of course, due to the date of this killing, it may never be known whether the actual killer was another child or a Roman soldier. It may be possible to eventually trace the killing to a particular individual, although unlikely, due to the preservation of written records naming the unit which was stationed at the fort at the time of death. The unit was the Fourth Cohort of Gauls (Wainwright).
While the above may eventually establish that children have been killing children for centuries, the facts are evident that child killing is nothing new. There are other, more...