Thursday, January 13, 2011
Just more evidence of how badly the mentally ill are treated in this nation
And that he was a threat to himself and others.
Yet, he never got the help he needed.
From the article:
"In February, Loughner stunned a teacher by talking about blowing up babies, a bizarre outburst that marked the start of a rapid unraveling for the 22-year old, who is accused of slaying six people and wounding 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
"After his first flare-up, campus police decided not to intervene.
"I suggested they keep an eye on him," an officer wrote.
"Loughner's on-campus behavior grew increasingly erratic, menacing, even delusional. Fifty-one pages of police reports released Wednesday provided a chilling portrait of Loughner's last school year, which ended in September when he was judged mentally unhinged and suspended by Pima Community College.
"School officials told Loughner and his parents that to return to classes he would need to undergo a mental health exam to show he was not a danger. He never returned."
This is how the mentally ill are treated in the US. Pawned off on others for help instead of getting help.
And we all suffer for it. Some with our lives.
For the record, here are the facts:
Mental health facilities such as state hospitals closed in the 1960s and 1970s with the expectation that people could help in their own communities. This help never fully materialized. Thus we began using the criminal justice system to deal with the mentally ill.
We have elected to wait until people who are sick commit crimes--sometimes horrendous crimes--until we do something about it. And the thing we do about it is lock them up.
Thus, we've decided to invest in prisons rather than medical treatment even though the former are more expensive, more destructive, and less effective.
But the media at least have yet another crazy person they can use to generate profit.
And for more: