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Mental health situation

By From page A5 | June 04, 2014

EDITOR:

There are so many stereotypes intertwined that were key to creating the chaos on Saturday in Santa Barbara. You can check the boxes.

Young male? Check. History of mental illness? Check. Handguns involved? Check. Background check? Check. Knife also involved? Check. Broken home? Check. On prescribed medication? Check. Blamed being bullied at school? Check. Caring affluent family? Check. Police and school were notified ahead of time? Check. Documentation of factual evidence that the man was going to commit the act? Check. School and police failed to take action? Check.

If our society refuses to address mental illness as a serious issue under the guise of individual liberty, then these disasters will continue. This might have never happened had the police taken the parents’ pleas for help seriously.

KEN STEERS
Cameron Park

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