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