April 19, 2007 |
A persecution complex. Paranoid schizophrenia. Psychotic depression, with both homicidal and suicidal characteristics. Severe bipolar disorder. Though no one can now diagnose Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho, mental health experts who watched his videotaped message about Monday's rampage say there was evidence of all of those mental disorders. His desire to kill others as well as himself is "not an unusual combination for a school shooter," said Dr.
August 11, 2003
The Journal of the American Medical Assn. published a special issue this month on violence and human rights. Amid reports on the psychological effects of terrorist attacks on Israel and of land-mine injuries in Afghanistan is a study on treating post-traumatic stress disorder -- in East Los Angeles sixth-graders.
March 6, 2001 |
At a time of a severe school counselor shortage in California, Santana High School assigned one counselor just to mediate conflicts and help students manage their anger. Administrators bought extra phones, one for every classroom. And additional radios and loudspeakers were installed--all meant to spread word of trouble quickly across the sprawling campus of nearly 2,000 students. Principal Karen Degischer had even undergone SWAT training, so she would know how to handle a hostage situation.
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August 22, 1995 |
They didn't know each other. They didn't even speak the same language. But when Japanese students who survived the Kobe earthquake met local students--survivors of the Northridge quake--they quickly discovered common ground. "We are bound by an earthquake," John Lim, a Van Nuys High School student, told the group during a gathering Monday at Millikan Middle School. "Otherwise we wouldn't be able to be together this way."
April 28, 1996 |
Two years ago in Butte, Mont., a fourth-grader fatally shot another student in the back of the head with a .22-caliber pistol. Margaret Leary Elementary School Principal Kate Stetzner grabbed the phone, called 911 and began shouting, "Get a nurse! Get the kids away! Get the kids away! Get the kids away!" Still on the phone with the 911 operator, the principal turned to the student who fired the fatal shot to ask, "Where is the gun, honey? Did you bring the gun to school?
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February 18, 2000 |
Though almost a year has passed since the massacre at Columbine High School, campus shootings were on the minds of Ventura County school administrators as they met for a Thursday morning workshop about crisis response. About 30 assistant principals from Moorpark to Mupu attended the seminar at the Ventura County superintendent of schools office, where they reviewed safety plans and school maps and brainstormed how to prevent and handle disasters.