I’ve been reading about the heartbreaking murder/funeral of slain Chicago high school student Derrion Albert. I used to teach at his school (Fenger) and I remembered the fights, gang activity, etc. but it was never this bad. What has happened to our youth who participate in mob action and actively kill their peers? What has happened to the value of human life? The answers are not so simple either, believe me, I’ve been doing some heavy thinking about this recent death. Jail time for the perpetrators doesn’t solve the larger problems. How did these young people get to a point in life where they have no mercy, no remorse, no feelings of shame……They are not remorseful. They are this millennium’s version of characters from Lord of the Flies.