I was listening to a radio program recently and some of the listeners mentioned this: they joined secret cults in secondary school. Their teachers knew, but their parents had no clue.
And since when did secondary students start joining cults?
Honestly, this was the first time I had heard this. I was used to hearing of students in universities and polytechnics parading their schools campuses openly declaring they were cultists. Unfortunately, that is normal. In fact, there are students who join these cults at their parents' insistence (for real). So, it's not just a "student" problem.
But why on earth would secondary school students join secret cults? What happened to computer club and debate society? (Lol! You can just tell how old-fashioned I am, but seriously ....)
I guess it makes sense when you look at it this way: cults are essentially gangs. And gangs target young people. Secondary school students range from ages 9 to 18 (that's a very conservative estimate. I am sure kids much younger than 9 years old are making it to secondary school). At this age, they are vulnerable, impressionable and highly susceptible to peer pressure.
So, if secondary school students are joining cults, what can we expect for primary school students? Nursery school, nko? Okay, that's really pushing it, but you get my point: young kids are being recruited to join secret cults.
Maybe this is a case for home schooling, but you know, you cannot insulate children from everything. And parents cannot follow their children to school. But, they can ensure they are several steps ahead of these bad influences, and prepare their children to deal with it when the "temptation" or pressure comes.
Have you heard of secret cults in secondary schools before? Please share.
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