Teaching empathy to at-risk kids

There was a debate all semester about the root cause of violence in our society. Guns. Video games. But I took the class somewhere else. We talked about empathy.

Many of these kids had horror stories for biographies. A couple of them expressed a concern to me in private that they didn’t feel empathy for others. That they were cold-hearted. Dead….

Then, the teen I had spoken with said,
“There’s no empathy.


The villain in the movies is always out for revenge. It’s no different with kids who shoot up their schools. Those kids are out for justice, to right a wrong. That’s how they see it.”


by Benjamin Dancer