Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kids Need Positive Role Models Who Reject Violence

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kids Need Positive Role Models Who Reject Violence

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Pittsburgh school board member Kevin Carter is correct in his letter "Violence at Schools Can't Be Solved With More Guns" (April 6). In the short term, considering the fights that we read about and see on the news, guns might seem to be a logical next step, but getting to the root causes of the violence is what's necessary. Kids are not born angry and hostile; it is learned behavior.

Consistent with this, I found the April 2 article about hip-hop very disheartening ("Breaking Through: Pittsburgh Hip-Hop - Waiting to Pop"). If this "artist's" stuff is rejected by clubs because of his violent themes, why doesn't this tell him something? Endorsing violence in the name of "entertainment" is so wrong! What does it teach our kids?

A child is by nature very impressionable. He learns to speak and act by imitation. …

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