I've taught in rural schools for 40 years. Grades k-7. Small schools. I had one kid I know of that killed somebody. He smiled a lot in school but was not very smart. Young kids want one thing. Attention and affirmation of their worth. I have a great job in that I get to see all the kids each day. Just like with my children at home I can tell when a kid has something going on. To tell the truth I have lots of kids with crap in their lives. I try really hard to get them to open up. I also try hard to give them real attaboys when they perform good in my class. I have a boy who is upset. His stepdad left them and they are about to be homeless. His real dad is in prison. He loves PE and competing but his fuse is short. We talked a long time and I told him how I had parents mess up too. I let him talk. I asked if he would like to talk to a counselor and he said he'd rather talk to me. I have a new girl at my other school. She has never done much in PE I can tell. Poor self concept "I am no good at it I cant do it. I can't play to cause my leg......." she had seen two other girls that had to sit out with injuries) I told her she was fine. So she played today and gave great effort. I got in her face after class and told her how great she did. She finally looked me in the eye. I could tell she felt good about it. She says she likes soccer now. My point on these ramblings is kids need attention and support and to know that someone cares and will give them some time. We need mentors in schools to spend time with kids. Too many are in awful situations and are still expected to be normal in schools. When children in a school feel part of something and accepted they are less likely to withdraw and become a threat. Bottom line: kids need love.