Wednesday, May 02, 2007

LATER MAY BE TOO LATE

“Killings are almost impossible to prevent especially when they are result of terrorism, domestic disputes or mental illness. But losses can be reduced with proper training and education. Community and other small colleges are especially vulnerable because they don’t foresee the potential threat that can suddenly arise as was the case at Tech.” Paul D. McDermott, Gaithersburg (Gazette.Net, Maryland Community Newspapers Online, May 2, 2007)
Larry P. Arnn president of Hillsdale College in Michigan wrote in the following in The Detroit Press, “The murderer at Virginia Tech took a course in which students watched the movie ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and were invited to contemplate the altered rules under which horror has become a ‘masochistic pleasure.’ Such courses abound these days.”
He also made it clear in the same article that he thought a college should not be forced by any law to keep a student on campus who was suicidal or otherwise emotional disturbed and certainly ought to have the right to call their parents even “if an emotionally disturbed student refuses permission.”
Do a Google News Search and you will find many more articles written around the country calling for something to be done about the potential for violence from folks like me who suffer from a serious mental illness. If there ever was a time we need our friends to stand up with us in solidarity and speak out it is now. Not later. Later may be too late.

You may comment here or directly to me at
eecoop_2000@yahoo.com


The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a good Virginia Tech responses and resources section on their web site. http://www.nami.org/
Mental Health America’s Position Statement Number 43 and background information about it is on their web site. Statement Number 43 is about their position on our constitutional rights and medical records. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law also has a comment on the issue on their site. http://www.bazelon.org/

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