School Violence: Can Loving Kindness Make a Difference?

Columbine, Ohio, Baltimore: The list of places that has experienced school violence continues to grow. School shootings have become so common that some feel it’s not a matter of “if” something will happen but “when.” For teacher Russell Evans, that day came in 2005 when a student had her throat slit outside the principal’s office. When the attack happened, he was studying Buddhist practices and came to wonder, amid the trauma, if metta, loving kindness meditation, could help. He began practicing loving kindness for 45 minutes each day, found a program that offered a secular mindfulness curriculum for the classroom, and experienced amazing examples of how loving kindness can spread and help others.

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