This article pretty much sums up what I’ve been thinking regarding this case. David just doesn’t appear to be the type of person to do something like this. I’m not saying he didn’t, anyone can snap. Still though, I’m not the type of person to believe things are unpreventable. Everything we do involves choice. CHOICE! That is the key. David Ludwig had a choice. God certainly did not force him to kill Mr. and Mrs. Borden, and neither did a demon. It was David’s choice alone. If it was indeed he that took their lives, then it was his choice.
Having said that, normally there are signs the preceed such an act, as the article linked above explains. Yet in this case we have none of the normal issues. No violent video games (unless Age of Empires 3 counts), no killing of animals, he wasn’t an arian supremist, he was not bullied or picked on. None of the things that we (the American public) associate with teenage violence are present in his life. Now we can cue the sappy music and say he did it for a love that was denied him. Impassioned by his love and some crazed belief that he was rescuing Kara he took the lives of her parents. Okay, so maybe it’s possible…but…I’m not convinced.
Now, the main thing I’m interested in, as I was in my most recent post, is what do I do in youth ministry to help other teens from suffering a similar breakdown? I mean, up until now there was the thought in the back of my mind that students would exhibit some type of signs…but maybe not. But maybe, just maybe, there were signs. Signs that no one saw. Students often feel alone, who is there to talk to them, to keep them accountable. Well, youth pastors, but youth pastors can’t do the whole job. This whole thing just creates a lot of questions. Foremost among them for me is,
1. Everyone has a choice, why choose this?
2. If one guy choose death (basically), others can choose in the same way, without warning…how does one help those who are teetering on the edge?
3. What are the most effective ways for people to help students in a similar situation?