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Education > Teachers > Idenfitying Rage in Children
 

Idenfitying Rage in Children

The
problems we have in dealing with the epidemic concerning the mass
murders in our schools, theaters, and malls extends way beyond
banning assault weapons, though I do believe that is one piece of the
puzzle.

A
second slice revolves around the mental illness these individuals
seem to share. They possess a rage that has probably been building
for years until some “trigger” sets them off and they go on a
rampage, striking out at the most defenseless in our society, often
our children.

We
are letting these people percolate and fumigate in their misery for
years without doing one thing to try to identify and help them....and
they really fit a very typical pattern. They are usually very
intelligent but ostracized by their peers for one reason or another;
they often come from upper middle class families, and they nearly
always kill themselves after killing several others first.

We
are so concerned with “teaching to academic tests” that we
completely forget that we should begin testing in elementary school
for mental stability as well. We can identify these youngsters before
they graduate with a regimented set of psychological tests throughout
their school years.

Once
we identify them, the school must have the authority to get these
individuals the mental help they need. Parents are often the last to
know or admit that a child has mental health issues. Not all will
need institutionalization. Many can be helped with medication, group
therapy, and individual therapy before this rage builds to the point
that it leads to tragedy for the individual and others. Some may
have to be institutionalized.

We
must also have a national data base of people who exhibit “rage”
issues, so that they can never purchase any weapon of any kind.

Let
us begin petitioning the National Education Association to take the
lead in getting these changes implemented and into our school
systems.


posted on Dec 17, 2012 12:52 PM ()

Comments:

Good post. There are ways to start a petition. Are you looking into it?
comment by tealstar on Dec 31, 2012 6:45 AM ()
Anger...rage... is part and parcel to adolescence. The mind reaches sentience but lacks maturity. In the mental health field there is a saying: the difference between adolescence and schizophrenia is that adolescence one 'grows out of'. As I said in another comment, we have reduced what we spend/invest in mental health for decades. That is sad!
comment by dragonflyby on Dec 29, 2012 10:57 AM ()
i agree with elderjane and you
comment by kevinshere on Dec 17, 2012 9:39 PM ()
It is a sad situation that we now face in our nation, Kevin.
reply by redimpala on Dec 18, 2012 6:29 AM ()
They need to be identified and we need to have institutions even if it is
less expensive to let them run the streets. Violent video games should be
outlawed and guns should be controlled. I could walk around Oklahoma City
with a gun on my hip and it wouldn't be against the law as long as I had
a permit. They will rue the day they passed that stupid open carry law.
This is insane.
comment by elderjane on Dec 17, 2012 5:06 PM ()
It is insane, Jeri. We are regressing in our society rather than progressing. And our homeless are often mentally ill people who should be institutionalized for their own well-being. But, we are so politically correct that we arm ourselves instead and turn our backs on these poor souls.
reply by redimpala on Dec 18, 2012 6:28 AM ()
The NEA won't as long as schools and teachers are rated by tests--who has time for students? (That IS sarcasm!)
comment by greatmartin on Dec 17, 2012 2:55 PM ()
With more truth to it than we care to admit.
reply by redimpala on Dec 18, 2012 6:28 AM ()

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