Acrylic on Wood (32" X 23") – I began this after the Columbine tragedy in 1999. Attempting to portray the grim reality of many of our youth nowadays. To illustrate the growing need for all of us recognize the ills that continues to permeate throughout our schools. To urge those in position to make a difference to become more aware of the dark and profoundly disturbed psychological makeup of a certain breed of students who continue to conclude there is no escape but through senseless violence. Government leaders, (national and local), school administrators and counselors, classmates and parents – need to increase their vigilance and devote more time and energy towards developing a deeper understanding of the unseen pressures, destructive influences, and sometimes traumatic circumstances which challenge much of our youth today.