Many of you reading this column can look back with fondness over your school years.
Some of you may have gone to one-room schoolhouses. Others among you attended a more conventional school, much like mine. But no matter what kind of school you attended, I doubt that many of you experienced the kinds of violence you are constantly reading about in your daily newspapers.
Was that simply a fluke? Or has something else changed?
Although God had already been expelled from some of the bigger city schools, I attended a rural elementary school that started each day with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. I can even remember seeing the “Ten Commandments” posted on the blackboards in some of the classrooms.
The full version of this column is now only available in Doug Giles’ book, “Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count, The Police Are Minutes Away”.