Comments: Moderation In All Things

There's a good argument to be made that his last significant interaction with an institution that could have helped him was his community college, but aside from expulsion - which seems to have been the responsible thing to do (he would more likely have been a VaTech than Columbine shooter at that point) - higher ed just doesn't have the authority or expertise or resources to be a mental health screening clinic to the masses. Though we may have to be, just out of self-defense.

Posted by Ahistoricality at January 12, 2011 02:04 PM

I don't think it's the responsibility of an educational institution to monitor the emotional/psychological health of every student.

On the other hand, I know hindsight is 20-20 but the young man's history shows a strong pattern of early psychological problems that clearly escalated through the years. Based just on the (admittedly cherry-picked) incidents of his life we've been told about, I find myself wondering why no one on the social media forums or even HIS FAMILY helped him get some help.

Posted by Anne at January 13, 2011 12:26 PM

I suspect what we'll find is that he fell just outside of a lot of ambits of responsibility, and was only sporadically problematic until the final, rapid decompensation. Unless he didn't decompensate at all, and this was a rational, if nihilistic, act after all.

Posted by Ahistoricality at January 14, 2011 06:07 PM