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bulletin board main page >> Re: Case Studies - School Violence and It's Sources

Posted by Tierra Jones on January 22, 2004 at 14:18:21:
In Reply to: Case Studies - School Violence and It's Sources posted by Ed on July 17, 2003 at 02:37:35:

> On May 20, 1988, Laurie Dann walked into a Winnetka, Illinois second grade classroom carrying three pistols and began shooting innocent little children, killing one and wounding five others before killing herself. Subsequent blood tests revealed that at the time of the killings, Dann was on a psychiatric drug of a class clearly shown to cause unexplained hostile and violent behavior.

> On September 26, 1988, 19-year-old James Wilson took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school in Greenwood, South Carolina and started shooting schoolchildren, killing two 8-year-old girls and wounding seven other children and two teachers. Wilson had been in and out of the hands of psychiatrists for years and within 8 months of the killings he had been on several psychiatric drugs which can generate violent behavior. Since the age of 14, he had been given psychiatric drugs, including Xanax, Valium, Thorazine and Haldol.

> On January 17, 1989, Patrick Purdy opened fire on a school yard full of young children in Stockton, California. During his vicious and unprovoked assault, Purdy killed five school children and wounded 30 others. Purdy then killed himself. During the two years prior to the murders of the Stockton children, Purdy had been on two strong psychiatric drugs of categories known to cause violence.

> On May 21, 1998 14-year-old Kip Kinkel shot and killed his parents and then went a wild shooting spree at his Springfield, Oregon high school that left two dead and 22 injured. He was reportedly taking Prozac and Ritalin and had been attending "anger management" classes.

> On November 20, 1986: 14-year-old Rod Mathews beat a classmate to death with a bat in the woods near his home in Canton, Mass. He had been prescribed Ritalin since the third grade.

> 16-year-old Brian Pruitt, who fatally stabbed his grandparents in 1995, had a history of psychiatric treatment and had been prescribed psychiatric drugs.

> And in 1997 16-year old Sam Manzie raped and strangled another boy to death. He was under psychiatric "care" and was being "medicated".

> Psychiatric drugs can cause violence; they can kill. These are facts that psychiatrists and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) are not comfortable with. Psychiatrists for obvious reasons_they could and should be held liable for a crime committed by their drugged out patients_and NAMI because it "is awash in money from drug companies"_$3.2 million per year from nine such companies_that manufacturer these often crippling drugs.

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