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School Shootings & Psychoactive Drugs

ken collins kenpc at banet.net
Wed Apr 21 22:28:45 EST 1999

you've no shortage of Courage, Mr. Murray. HURRAH!

ken collins

Arthur T. Murray wrote:

> John W. Maly (maly at shell.servtech.com) wrote on 21 Apr 1999:
> > I recently heard of a theory that the increase in student-
> > committed school shootings (which seems to result from
> > something that didn't exist before the 1990's) is due to the
> > marked increase in the prescribing of psychoactive drugs to
> > students.  This theory was based on the claim that every single
> > one of these disturbed individuals was on Ritalin, Prozac, or
> > some similar-such widely-prescribed drug, which are believed to
> > cause psychosis in a tiny percentage of patients.
> > Does anyone know if this statistic is valid?
> > Thanks,
> > John
> > Syracuse University Psychology Department
> > P.S. This would explain the fact that all of the shootings have
> > occurred in, at the lowest, middle-class school districts;
> > poorer parents would not be able to afford such medication.
> If the above statistic is indeed valid, the psychotic outbreaks
> occur in a uniquely American setting conducive to an urge to kill.
> There are small American children right now who will be killed in
> their prosperous American high schools over the next ten years be-
> cause America fosters the society that erupts in a killing spree:
> 1.  Although radio in the nineteen-twenties and TV in the forties
> started out as innocent media belonging to the public, their rapid
> commercialization led to violence as the lowest common denominator.
> Kill! Kill! Kill! computer games such as Mortal Kombat and Doom
> have finished off the complete numbness and subconscious lust for
> pulling the trigger which now lurk in the minds of American kids.
> Sadly, nothing can be done about this collective youth culture.
> 2.  The American glorification of high school athletics leads to
> the in-groups and the "Trenchcoat Mafia" outcasts who are made to
> feel inferior to the "jocks" on whom America lavishes money, praise
> and high self-esteem.  Something actually could be done about this
> factor in the killings, but American culture would rather witness
> twenty or thirty kids shot dead each year than change priorities.
> 3.  American high school principals, vice-principals and coaches
> would rather root for the home team than crack down on the teasing
> and the social outcasting that results in the Ritalin shoot-outs.
> Massive parental pressure here could prevent some of the killings.
> 4.  The Republican gun-lobby stranglehold on American politics
> ensures that when some Ritalin-crazed kid or Prozac zombie wants
> to shoot your child dead in the cafeteria, your child will die.
> --
> http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/7256/futurism.html

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