This letter considerations the latest school shooting, in Oxford, Michigan, and its illogical dealing with by our society. All of us must reevaluate our conduct earlier than, throughout and following every of those tragedies.
Parental love of our kids could be strained within the face of misbehavior. Most of us need to tackle these events with the purpose of serving to the kid study and turn into a greater member of our society. The 15-year-old charged in the shooting is, in spite of everything, a baby, exhibiting flawed, however childlike, conduct produced by an immature brain. He’s additionally a product of our tradition, during which adults more and more exhibit impulsive, flawed and unaddressed conduct.
What good can come from prosecuting him as an adult and inserting him in jail for all times? Doing so will permit some adults to erroneously really feel that they’ve solved a tough drawback and that the horror of that day could be put aside and never addressed additional. In truth, by doing so, we produce yet one more sufferer and one other instance to our kids of adults behaving poorly.
At these occasions, our complete tradition must be on trial. Mother and father, faculties and communities want to look at how we’ve got turn into responsible of manufacturing such troubled youngsters. Why is there a lot resistance to psychological well being counseling in our faculties? Why does our well being reimbursement system make counseling so troublesome to entry? May this be one more reason to favor a single-payer system that might enhance availability of psychiatric care?
David Scotton, M.D.