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A South Carolina teenager is accused of planning to bomb his high school. Ryan Schallenberger was arrested on Saturday after his parents called police because he had ordered ten pounds of ammonium nitrate. Ryan is now facing federal charges of attempting use a weapon of mass destruction. While I certainly don't know all the details of Ryan's story, the initial report raises a few questions for me. If I was Ryan's mom, would I call police if ten pounds of ammonium nitrate showed up on my doorstep? How out-of-control does Ryan have to be for his parents to call police rather than try to get him some serious professional help. The bigger issue for me is what is going on in our schools that make children want to blow them up? Don't take that wrong. I'm not necessarily blaming educators or anyone else. I'm just saying there seem to be a lot of teenagers out there who hate their school, hate their teachers and aren't necessarily fond of some of their classmates. I think we as a society are going to have to share in the blame in order for things to change. I think it's really easy for a lot of us with good children to sit back and say there's something wrong with this boy or to blame his parents for something they failed to do. But the bigger question is is there something we should be doing, something we aren't instilling in our children? Is there a way for educators to better address the needs of children who don't learn like most of their students? And finally, why is it so easy for kids to get bomb making materials?

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