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What Is Happening To Our Youth Of Today

Updated on August 12, 2013

Today is December 14, 2012 and there has been again a horrible tragedy, this time in Newtown, Connecticut with the mass murders of 27 innocent people, in which 20 of them were precious children. What is happening to our youth of today and what cause someone to commit such a horrible crime?

I am going to try and explain my feelings of this mass shooting without breaking down again as all the world is doing every time it is broadcast on TV and radio. We don't even know these victims, and it is if our hearts were ripped right out of each and everyone of us across the world.

My heart is broken and and I weep for all those affected by this horrible tragedy. To see all those people and innocent children on the media, hugging and crying brings tears to my eyes, and I am sure the entire world as well.

Being born in the 50's I had never heard of anything happening, not even close to what is happening in our world today. It was a peaceful and loving life. No crime, no mass murders committed especially by our youth of today.

Why are so many young children messed up in their minds and commit such horrible crimes.

Could it be what we are eating or what is in our foods that cause these traumatic changes in our children's lives. I never have heard of things like this when I was being brought up on the 50's, 60's and 70's.

All of us that were brought up in those years were brought up with morals, love in the families and learned to respect everyone. We went to school unafraid each day ready to learn for our future as adults. These precious young children will never be able to see, touch or love their parents again. They will never be able to graduate, get married or have a family of their own all because of a sick person that took all of that away within minutes.

I'd rather not say what I am really feeling and thinking right now about this so called (human being), or is he human, if that is what you want to call him, but you know where I am coming from.

Could it be that parents are just to busy working two jobs to make ends meet and neglect their children and how they are being brought up.

Is it because the parents are too lenient with their children and let them come and go as they please with little or no discipline?

Parents need to keep a close eye on what their children are doing and acting like. They must monitor the child's internet and what they are searching on the web. We need to be aware of sign that would suggest there is something wrong with your child and if you do see signs of not being normal, do something, and get the help that child need before something horrible as the Newtown murders happens again.

Listen to you child when he/she speaks and pay close attention to the words that are spoken. Give them love and guidance through their years of growing up.

Don't act like just a friend to your child, act like a loving and caring PARENT.

Do things with your child that will bring a closer bond to the both of you and continue to tell them that you love them more than anything in the world. Show them love and respect, but do not just let them run like the wind and do anything they please.


The images are heart wrenching and something they, or us will never forget in our lifetime. To see the panic and fear on their faces, but so well organized, thanks to all the teachers and staff of the school that saved hundreds of lives of innocent young children.

The 20 children's lives cut short for no reason and the brave adults that gave their lives to save others, such as, Victoria Soto that told her students to get in the closets and cabinets and hide. The gunman asked her where her students were. She told the gunman her students were in the gym and then he shot and killed her and left. Victoria gave her life to save her entire classroom of 16 students. The young children that she taught, loved and cared for are alive thanks to Victoria Soto, 27 years of age.

This Is so Sad to Read. It Breaks My Heart


© 2012 Mark Bruno


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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      teaches12345- i feel so bad taking so long replying to your comment. i'm sorry,, But thanks as usual for commenting on this hub that made me very sad to even write. You said it well. Things have to change and I hope parents realize this and start to pay close attention to their young children. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday and a Safe and Happy New Years my friend !! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mark, I a also am still heart broken over last Friday's violence. When I see the posts of these sweet children, it breaks my heart. I believe parents need to not only monitor children when using technology, but to instill in them a sense of ethical standards. Coupled with all that -- add loving guidance and teaching faith to those kids. Great post! Voted up.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Deborah - Thank you for commenting and you have some great points here. Something has to be done fast. For some reason I feel that a person with an mental illness can not be that crazy to organize a master plain to kill others. I just think they are very evil people and know exactly what they are doing. I may be wrong but that is my opinion.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hello Clean, and I share your broken heart. It is a problem in this country, that we don't know how to successfully deal with mental illness, we don't know what to do with violnet children who grow up with parents that have little help or avenues to protect themselves, thier other children, and the rest of us. We need healthcare reform for mental illness or these scenes will continue to evolve

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Seeker7 - Thank you so much for your comment and NO you didn't bore me whatsoever, Your comment was real and well said. You are so right in your words. I too cried watching the father speak of his daughter that passed away. It ripped my heart out to hear his words. I think we are talking about the same gentleman I hope. It was on CNN here. Lets all be strong and pray that something is done real fast to stop this from ever happening again, On a brighter note, I want to wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Years.

      God Bless you and thanks again :-)

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      peachpurple- Thank you so much for reading and your comment. I felt so bad writing this but wanted parents to be more aware of their children's behaviors .

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      An excellent hub that asks the important questions with sincerity and love! Any you are right on another count, although the American people must be feeling this horrific incident more than any other nation, other people from around the world also share your pain. I know here in Scotland candles have been lit and prayers said for the wee ones and their teachers.

      Not long ago on our news programme I was listening to one Dad trying to describe his wee 6 year old daughter who had been murdered and how she was a 'light in everyone's life' - to say I was in tears and so distressed by this Dad's pain is an understatement!

      But moving on, I'm not coming from a religous stand point but I often believe that there is evil among us. That some folks are just bad through and through. Although many people are saying that this murderer' might have been mentally ill, I just wonder if it isn't just down to the fact that he is, like so many of his kind, an evil "@@*******!" The likely motivation was the fame of getting his face and name known across the planet! There are millions of people around the world who have mental health problems, are withdrawn and find it difficult to fit into society, but they don't all go around shooting wee kids and their teachers! So, for me I honestly believe that creeps like this murderer are plain evil and enjoy the fear and pain they inflict on the victims and their families.

      Why are these things are happening today? I have no idea. Like yourself I was brought up as a kid in the 1960's and 1970's and would walk a couple of miles to school even on dark winter mornings, without any fear whatsoever. Today, most kids at Primary (Kindergarten) are picked up by family. So there is a general fear and mistrust of other human beings and what they are capable of doing, especially in relation to children. I think things became much worse after the children and teachers at Dunblane Primary School here in Scotland were gunned down. No one in their wildest nightmares would have thought that such a thing would ever happen in a lovely old town like Dunblane, but it did and for me, the instigator of that atrocity was evil. I guess it's the same in that lovely town in Conneticut, no one would ever imagine that this could happen. My heart goes out to all those affected, although there is nothing that can be said will bring relief or comfort at this time, but my love goes out to them all!

      Sorry about the huge comment, hope I haven't bored you too much, but your hub was an excellent one and so well written that it's kind of set me off on one. Voted up + shared!!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      God bless those little angels. May they rest in peace in God's paradise and may the teachers who did their best to save the lives of the innocent children be our heroes.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Mark, Thank you for your comment and I sure know what you mean. I wanted to say so much but couldn't find the correct words to express my thoughts so I'd better just leave it be for now. My heart breaks for those families.

      God Bless you Mark and I hope your Christmas is a great one and a Happy New Years to you and yours


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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Mark, I know how you feel. I too cry looking at these pictures and thinking about those children and teachers.

      I do think all the reasons you mentioned have something to do with the breakdown of the family unit and the societal loss of morals. I could rant on and on, but for now I'll just say a prayer for these souls and for society in general.


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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      lovedoctor926- Thank you for reading and your comment as well. I really didn't know how to word certain things as you saw in the dark print.I am kind of lost for words with this hub, but just wanted to make people aware that there is something very wrong going on with our youth. This can not be ignored any longer. Parents need to keep a close eye on their children and how they are behaving and if they see something maybe wrong they need to deal with it right away.

      Thank you for the Vote up my friend!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      We are all touched by sorrow. President Obama is expected in Newton, Connecticut to meet with families of the victims & see how he can help. I agree with your views. The disintegration of morals and values is something that you can't help but notice in today's society. I often hear parents wanting to be friends with their kids rather than disciplining them. voting up! thank you for sharing this awesome hub!