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Old 12-17-2012, 12:08 PM
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Default Re: Shooting in Newtown, Conneticut Elementary School

Originally Posted by MaryO View Post
There are many factors, not the least of which is lack of facilities for mentally ill and disturbed children. This was something I fought daily when I was a School Resource Officer. I saw children who were mentally disturbed and a danger to others, some of them as young as 7 years old, but when I would try to have them removed from the school or find them help, it was almost non-existent. Our society doesn't want to believe that young children can have criminal intent or be dangerous and so we bury our head in the sand until they are older and they refuse help or it's just too late and they turn our like the shooter here. Until we improve these types of services we are not going to move forward.
Indeed. My wife, as an elementary teacher for the last 17+ years has encountered and endured much more than anyone should. There's no support at any end until it's too late. There are 3 other teachers in her family with same stories - some worse than the next.
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