We Are Failing America’s Children, And The Results Are Tragic.

Dr. John DeGarmo
6 min readMay 25, 2022

“Children in the United States are suffering in a number of ways, and it is we as a nation who are failing them.”

Salvador Ramos, the 18 year old gunman who shot and killed 19 children and two adults in Texas, posted many disturbing pictures online before the shooting. One former friend of Ramos stated that Ramos “was often bullied due to a speech impediment that included a stutter and a lisp, and that he had once cut his own face with a knife for fun.”

Nicolas Cruz, the 19 year old who confessed to killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, suffered from a number of behavioral issues and anxieties, many of them perhaps from birth. Despite all the signs that he was troubled, the 19 year old did not receive the help or services he needed.

The baby from Idaho, with a fractured skull and brain bleed, was a victim of shaken baby syndrome and was also severely malnourished, getting only enough calories to keep his heart beating.

In New Jersey, young girls are victims of human trafficking, as two men are arrested for running a prostitution ring which used underage victims as young as 12 years old, turning children into sex slaves.

12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis from Georgia who committed suicide, stating that she had suffered from physical and sexual abuse by a family member, streaming her suicide online live as a cry for help.

Katelyn Nicole Davis

Children in the United States are suffering; suffering from abuse, from neglect, from child sex trafficking, from behavioral issues, and often from those who supposedly love them the most; their parents or guardians.

Children in the United States are suffering in a number of ways, and it is we as a nation who are failing them.

According to a new study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on mental health issues of teenagers during Covid, more than a third of teens experienced poor mental health during the pandemic. Along with this, just under half…

Dr. John DeGarmo

Leading foster care expert and international empowerment speaker