By now you’ve heard the story over and over again during the last 36 hours. A massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children dead. All shot multiple times at point blank range with a rifle. Six adults/heroines shot dead trying to shield/hide/save children.
Neither his brother nor his father knew the extent to which the shooter needed intervention by a mental health professional. This, I believe, is at the core of the problems that we face and will continue to face until and unless we stop sweeping mental health issues under the table, and open window, let the fresh air in, and begin to come to grips with an issue that is simmering under the radar.
Because parents believe that their children might be stigmatized, they turn a blind eye to issues that might be addressed long before they devolve into suicides, matricides, or mass homocides.We do not have the proper channels to assist children who early on display hostile or anti-social behavior. There seems to be a “boys will be boys attitude” that is built into our culture.
One of my sons had his car windows smashed in and “Yale” carved into the side of his car because he was successful in school, had been accepted to several of the top Ivy League schools, and there was a misguided kid in the neighborhood who was probably chastized and castigated by his parents for not “measuring up to so and so.” I’ve seen the same kind of behavior that parents level against their kids who strike out at a Little League ball game, or miss a goal at soccer, or fail to win a medal in track and field…and the list goes on.
Newtown Shooting | The Victims
Rachel Davino, 29 Teacher
Dawn Hochsprung, 47 School principal
Nancy Lanza, 52 Mother of gunman
Anne Marie Murphy, 52 Teacher
Lauren Rousseau, 30 Teacher
Mary Sherlach, 56 School psychologist
Victoria Soto, 27 Teacher