can kill twice, police officers learn
Published in Amarillo
Globe-News, July 12, 2002
kills you twice.
is the message that Lt. Col. Dave Grossman brought
to police officers and juvenile probation officers
from around the region during a lecture Thursday in
Col. Grossman speaking to local law enforcement
photo by Robert Mulherin
encourages people to open their eyes to the problems around
them, namely in respect to preventing youth violence. Awareness
is his solution to stopping violence and killing among youths.
to give kids the permission to proceed with violence,"
Grossman told the law enforcement officers in his audience.
he said, is dangerous.
offers an example:
hands in an essay to his English teacher about poisoning
his entire family. The teacher gives the boy an A+ because
it was a well-written essay. The boy later kills his whole
family by poisoning them. Denial on the teacher's part gave
the boy permission to proceed, he said.
then asks his audience a question:
if the same boy had written an essay about having sex with
his entire family? Would the teacher have done something?
course the teacher would have done something," he said.
said he gives this example to show where our societal values
lay and to show how far-reaching denial can be.
calls the lecture he gives more than 200 times a year, the"bulletproof
mind." The purpose of the lecture is to educate people
about violence and show them how to prevent it, Grossman
most important thing is to set aside our denial so we can
prevent violence from happening," he said.
helping law enforcement officers to see problems, Grossman
also spent the day offering solutions to violence.
Esqueda, a juvenile probation officer from Hutchinson County,
was among the officers at the lecture.
called the lecture a revelation.
thought what we (juvenile officers) were doing was sufficient,"
Esqueda said. "But now I see that it's not."
is the author of "On Killing" and "Stop Teaching
Our Kids to Kill."