Some teens are feeling a 'vibration of hate' in our culture
As several local high schools deal with incidents of hateful acts, family psychologist Wes Crenshaw says the current political and social climate may lead them to act in that way.
At Park Hill South High School, a petition calling for the return of slavery made the rounds, offending parents, faculty and students.
That and other recent racist incidents that have occurred at schools around the metro have activists saying we're currently in a "moment of crisis."
Meanwhile, students at Blue Springs High School's freshman campus circulated a 'hit-list' aimed at more than two dozen fellow students.
The goal was to encourage other high-schoolers to beat up their classmates on the list in exchange for cash.
While a majority of students might not be involved in these kinds of actions, there are factions of the younger population clinging to what they're seeing on the news.
For some students, it's also about what they're hearing from their parents, according to Crenshaw.
"Kids will follow bad behavior of adults quicker than they'll follow good behavior," Crenshaw says. He explains that the culture of the town or community kids live in can greatly play a role in the way that high school students act as well.
- Wes Crenshaw, PhD, author, family psychologist based in Lawrence, Kansas