IÂ agree with mostÂ of the article linked below about how the social pressures affect us all, and how young people areÂ even more strongly affected.Â Â ButÂ I think the articleÂ exaggerates the homeschooling aspect ofÂ the recentÂ tragedies.Â This is not to say that the killings are trivial, they are not, butÂ only to point out that the tragedies are anomalies concerning homeschooling, not (I hope) a trend.Â Still, with the rise in the number of people homeschooling, there may well be more events occurring that will be outside what most homeschoolers would like to see linked to the homeschooling tag.
- American Chronicle, Ultio LLC, Beverly Hills, California, 9 December 2005, Homeschool Homicide and the Cult of Youth
That, it seems, has been left to this generation. In Pennsylvania last month, we read of a 18-year-old homeschooled youth, David Ludwig, shooting his girlfriendâ€™s parents and taking off with the girl to â€œmake a new life.â€Â And just a few days ago, a second homeschooled youth, Patrick Armstrong, was arrested for killing a 14-year-old neighbor girl.
This recent spate of killings was apparently perpetrated by youth from the sector in which we would least expect to find them: the close-knit community of Christian home-schooling families. Families in which parents have a more-than-usual investment in their teens.
Two does not constitute a spate, although oneÂ killing alone is far too many.
On one of theÂ websites where I readÂ a contemporaneousÂ report of Ludwig’s crime, there were other stories about horrible events, yet those eventsÂ have not been noticeably linked in subsequent articles to whichever population subgroup to which the parties belonged, but I’m not monitoring google alerts for them, either.Â Â
On the day I saved the site’s page, stories at the site were titled, "Student allegedly sexually attacks another student," "Murder trial begins for mother of 3 girls killed in fire," "Officers arrest couple after finding girl, 3, locked in garage."Â The otherÂ headlines at that siteÂ are different today, but still there are horrible headlines, such as, "Son, 14,Â charged with father’s murder."Â
Where I live, our local scandalÂ is aÂ woman who told some ‘friends’ about her pastor-grandfather’s money (false), and how they could steal it from him.Â They murderedÂ the poor manÂ as well.
All these stories reflect the frailty andÂ the brokenness of humans, and theÂ evil actions they can take.Â But coupling the alliterative words "homeschool" and "homicide" in a headline, is needlesslyÂ sensational.