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  •  Rachel had a great piece (0+ / 0-)

    on "why does this keep happening".  (Skip to 6:00 in the clip to where Rachel introduces Dave Cullen,  author of "Columbine".) According to Dave there have been two government studies that both concluded that the bulk of these tragedies were committed by suicidally depressed teens.

    Cullen suggested a national screening program conducted by 3rd parties (not teachers or parents) to detect suicidal teens.  Of course, this implies that we would also have to implement free, non-stigmatized treatment of those found to be depressed.

    Even Democrats can be asses. Look at Rahm Emanuel.

    by Helpless on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:02:54 AM PST

    •  That sounds like a great idea (0+ / 0-)

      ...for all sorts of reasons beyond just preventing suicide-by-slaughter cases. I don't know that treatment would need to be necessarily free across the board -- some families can pay, but it would definitely need to have a sliding scale which included outright free for either families which couldn't pay it or wards of the state.

      There are a lot of forms of depression, and most depressed kids -- even suicidally depressed -- are not even remotely dangerous to anyone except themselves. But it's worth it to get the ones who are, and it's worth it to any decent society to help people who are that sick in the first place.

    •  Great way to make sure kids avoid telling (0+ / 0-)

      anyone about their problems.

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