There's a recent Interview of William Dembski, which reveals something of what shaped his life from his youth and later. A taste:
"I went to public schools through the start of grade seven. Fourth
through seventh grade was in the Evanston school system, which was
nationally regarded as very good (Evanston Township High School was at
the time regarded one of the best public high schools in the nation).
Nonetheless, by the time I showed up, a permissive and secular
educational philosophy had thoroughly vitiated that school system.
Discipline was horrible. I was constantly being assaulted and getting
into fights. I remember being chased during recess outside by a boy
with a baseball bat who meant to use it on me. When he threw it at me, I
tried to get my hands on it and I meant to use it on him, I was so
angry. My hands fumbled and I couldn’t get a grip on it, so I just ran
inside. Looking back, I think it was the grace of God that I didn’t beat
his head in."