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December 6th, 2009
12:52 PM ET
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. B Cassell

    The cause of Youth Violence begins in the home....Parents are not stepping up as parents..Children need AND want discipline with direction. They are getting neither. Children having children who have no direction...these children are putting their children in front of the televison as a babysitter. Rather than stay at home and read to their children, talk or play a hands on game they take them to movies that are violent and totally inappropriate for their young minds..They not only become fearful but scared and angry. They start acting out..these child parents think it's cute or they have no self discipline to help them until they're in pre-school and then they're told they are hyperactive and need drugs to manage their behavior. We create our own monsters....Video games, no reading, no spritual guidance, no manners, no respect for authority..(oh by the way the children learn to respect authority by first respecting the adults in the home....Just because you're poor or in a home without 2 parents does not cause you 2 steal kill or destroy people or property.

    December 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  2. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Whats behind youth violence is an incompedent leagle system.

    December 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    Who's behind pushing America's Youth to violence?

    The Republican Party and their Corporate Masters who operate under the mantra, Profits are all that matters, regardless of Social and Environmental Costs to others.

    The Republican Party has repeatedly pushed America's Youth into prison where the taxpayers must pay the burden of 75,000 dollars per prisoner per year, instead of pushing America's Youth into college where they can learn to become doctors and engineers.

    It seems like the Republican Party, its puppet lawmakers and American Corporations want Americans youth to be uneducated while they hire ten's of thousands of India's citizens to fill in those skilled job positions.

    During the Republican led White Houses, illegal Heroin and Crack Cocaine has freely flowed, flooding rural America and fueling Republican lawmakers to place more American youth into prison than any nation on earth. Under Bush-Cheney, Opium production in Afghanistan went up 300% flooding Russia and the world with cheap Heroin.

    December 6, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    A great lack of old time moral's

    December 6, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  5. Pete Reeves

    The Republican Party is behind the youth violence in this country!? What??? Actually people with views like yours is the real reason for the violence. What absolute nonsense! Your reasoning is the same as blaming a rape victim for their rape. Instead of blaming the predators, your blaming folks who helped pass the laws and enforce them. As long as there are people like you to enable these criminals it will continue. Not to mention, Hollywood's glorification of violence, rap music's embrace of violence, parents not caring to correct their children, not being allowed to correct their children under penalty of law.
    A. Smith of Oregon, throwing unsubstantiated statistics out there for us and envoking "Bush-Cheney" shows what you're really about. President Bush is at fault for all these video beat-downs and Chicago killings?? YOU AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! Pete Reeves Altoona, PA

    December 7, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  6. John in Seattle

    What's behind the violence? Single mothers. The vast majority of criminals come from single mother homes. They teach children that they deserve respect without earning it. When children fail to achieve, they lower the bar instead of raising expectations. They teach them that words are like bullets, and that they are justified in being hurt by insults. Therefore they believe they are justified in assaulting someone over an insult. We have idiot politicians trying to pass laws saying we cannot discipline our children. Then we wonder why they are undisciplined.

    And to A Smith: I do not like Republicans either. Least of all, neo cons like Bush and Cheney. But blaming them for youth violence, could only come from the mind of a brainwashed liberal. We must wake up in America. Both parties lie to us constantly. They both have policies that punish drug consumption at home, while promoting production overseas. Obama is doing it right now, paying off drug lords in Afghanistan. Like President Karzai's brother. So stop with the partisan accusations.

    December 7, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  7. Jane F.

    If one examined the parental upbringing of these children, I agree with the single mother theory. When the government began paying women to breed in the '60's, it created an environment where fathers were often absent. Television provides our youth with portrayals of life ranging from dysfunctinal to ideal. These single-parent children often grow up angry and resentful and look to their own age group for moral and morale support.

    Young teenagers need a strong family unit in which to grow up and mature. The absence of a father who can enforce rules, boundaries, and behaviour is a recipe for disaster.

    December 7, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  8. vainglorious Poppinjay

    The absence of any secular authority on your panel only shows your own prejudice T.J. Ethics and morality as not totally the province of people of faith. Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers are moral ethical people as well. They might agree that home environment is part of the cause, but it's doubtful that they would recommend more religion as a cure.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  9. pjeff

    To vainglorious Poppinjay: The segment was called "Faces of Faith" so it was appropriate that there were no secular authorities on the panel. CNN has provided broad coverage of the youth violence in Chicago, interviewing civic, political, and education leaders regarding this topic. Don't be so quick to claim "prejudice" – all discussions do not have to be all-inclusive. Journalists do targeted stories all the time, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    December 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  10. Marc Sims

    The ministers in Chicago need to take a very strong moral stand!

    “We” African Americans have too many abortions and too many children out of wed-lock!

    The ministers in Chicago and other cities need to change the cultural mindset of low income African American children.

    Marc Sims

    December 13, 2009 at 11:13 am |