LETTER: Shooter needed counseling

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By:Bethany Morris
Posted: 4/20/07

n In reaction to the Virginia Tech shootings, different advocacy groups are focusing on gun control and security as issues that should be addressed after this latest tragedy. While these are valid points, doesn't the problem stem from mental-heath care?

It is nearly impossible to get individuals into mental-health facilities after they turn 18 unless they commit themselves or have committed some act of violence against themselves or others. If the professor who had tried to get Cho Seung-Hui help had been able to get him committed to residential treatment (treatment that he had needed for years) this tragedy might have been prevented.

Unfortunately, this young man was too far gone to acknowledge his need for treatment, and his behavior went unchecked.



Bethany Morris
CFA '09

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2007-08-13

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Bethany Morris, "LETTER: Shooter needed counseling," in The April 16 Archive, Item #1035, http://www.april16archive.org/items/show/1035 (accessed October 31, 2014).