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  •  Americans are mainly interested in "othering" (3+ / 0-)

    the shooters; they want scape-goats, not understanding.

    If a "mental-illness" sweep of high schools is the response to these shootings, it will shake out large numbers of kids living in one hell or another to serve as scape-goats for the country. Mostly they will be vulnerable and marginalized groups like LGBT or Asperger kids, who have nothing to do with gun violence. But Americans just want people to blame and punish.

    •  American media do the "othering." (0+ / 0-)

      It's not like that in Canada, Germany, France.

      Consider a project to expand mental health services:

      1. Conduct a "sweep" at high schools.

      2. Test results would be private -- not public -- so there is no way a public "scape-goat" meat grinder would ensue.

      3. Any kid in "one hell or another" would then be offered a level of professional assistance that he or she would never have been able to afford otherwise.

      What you want to do with this is to short-circuit abuse situations. Put an end to them asap. And treat the project as Homeland Security and take the money out of that bloated budget.

      (Anybody think terrorists are a threat that rivals our own killers?)

      Also, any kid who develops adolescent-onset schizophrenia (the typical form) needs help immediately. The worst of it for these kids, paradoxically, is where they have forms that can go untreated for years and years. The hallucinations and sleep problems take them out for social development and academics.

      Doesn't have to be that way. It's treatable, often as not. A "sweep" would make life better for tens of thousands of these kids.

      LGBT kids are up against different problems. The vast majority are not mentally ill, period. It's bigotry.

      "We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

      by bontemps2012 on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 04:13:11 AM PST

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