The Secret Service released a report last month analyzing school shootings and violence and recommending how to prevent such attacks.
According to the Secret Service, it all boils down to more intrusive surveillance in school and online. Treat everyone who is depressed or anxious like they are going to shoot up the school.
The report says that schools should monitor any students in distress, including their social media profiles. Schools should randomly search desks and lockers, and encourage students to report any of their peers for practically any reason whatsoever.
Students, school personnel, and family members should be encouraged to report troubling or concerning behaviors to ensure that those in positions of authority can intervene.
According to the report defiance, misconduct, ADD, being bullied, or a recent breakup could be predictors of future violence. “The threshold for intervention should be low,” it says.
All of the 35 attackers (100%) in this study experienced at least one social stressor. Social stressors identified in this analysis included stress related to the attackers’ relationships with peers (e.g., bullying or other peer conflicts) and romantic partners.
The main takeaway is that anyone could be a school shooter, so all students should be eyed with suspicion, closely watched, and encouraged to inform on fellow students’ slightest transgressions.
If you’re not a pissed-off loner already, this is sure to do the trick.
Because an obvious route cause of school violence, student depression, and student suicide, is restriction they feel in their daily lives.
According to Bruce Levin, PhD, in his article, Societies With Little Coercion Have Little Mental Illness:
Coercion—the use of physical, legal, chemical, psychological, financial, and other forces to gain compliance—is intrinsic to our society’s employment, schooling, and parenting. However, coercion results in fear and resentment, which are fuels for miserable marriages, unhappy families, and what we today call mental illness…
He goes on to discuss how pre-industrial societies that integrate children and adolescents into adult life at a younger age–along with the rights and responsibilities– experience little mental illness.
Dr. Robert Epstein also pinpoints a lack of autonomy and too much restriction as the main cause of teen suicide and mental illness in his book Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families From the Torment of Adolescence.
[T]he National Bureau of Economic Research concluded: “Suicide rates among youths aged 15-24 have tripled in the past half-century… [O]ne of the main factors contributing to this trend is a lack of “direct economic” or “familial power.” Suicide [and attempted suicide] is a way that young people try to “resolve conflicts” or “signal distress.”
But where there are crises, there are also opportunities, in this case for the drug companies. … [R]ather than addressing the causes of the problem, parents, physicians, and policy makers went for the quick fix. Between 1995 and 2001 the rate at which psychotropic drugs were prescribed for teens increased by 250 percent.
And–big shocker–another common element the Secret Service identified in school violence was an addiction to prescription drugs meant to control behavior.
And yet officials from school employees all the way to the Secret Service still think controlling teens even more is the solution, when it is actually so clearly the problem.