It’s Not A Gun Issue; It Goes Back To Mental Health
In Nevada this week a 12 year old boy apparently got his father’s handgun brought it to school, complained about other kids bullying him and then shot two other students, then killed the teacher that tried to stop him and then turned the gun on himself. So, what can we learn from this ? Some people will focus on bullying and how to stop it, good luck with that historic problem. Others will focus on school security and the impossible task of securing every school in America, good luck with that. Others will focus on the negligence of the parents and their failure to secure the firearm. Do you think parents should be criminally liable ? And finally, isn’t this kid sick? What are we doing on the mental health side , not everyone that is bullied brings a gun to school and starts killing people. Why did it happen in this particular incident? That’s the real question. Rather than chasing some of the impossible tasks like eliminating bullying, and perfect school security in our civil society ,[ are we going to have metal detectors in every school ? ] as a society we need to dig into the issues for this 12 year old… what went wrong, what were the signs, what could school professionals have been able to do ? The parents? Maybe even his friends ? There is still a major social sigma when it comes to mental health, we will hear stories that he was quiet, a nice kid, kept to himself , etc. but there is more to it. That is why professionals, politicians and all of us in society need to learn from the upcoming “Newtown Report “. We all know what happened and I don’t care about the particulars of this horrific event , but I would want to know , what were the signs off his mental illness, who helped him , who looked the other way….these are the real lessons to learn to avoid these weekly occurrences in our society.