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School Shootings & Psychoactive Drugs

Vlar Schreidlocke vlar23 at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 23 10:17:43 EST 1999

I bet humans have comitted violent actions throughout history.
Possibly various media channels focus your attention in ways that lead
you to believe that school shootings have increased over a particular
time period. All these theories may sound good to some, but ask
yourself; how do you even know about these shootings? Who chose these
particular stories to report versus all the many other events occuring
during the same time period. What if a media story reported that
school shootings per capita per time period have decreased? How would
you evaluate the accuracy of this story?

On 22 Apr 99 03:06:19 GMT, uj797 at victoria.tc.ca (Arthur T. Murray)

>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.

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