American adolescents have higher homicide death rates than 16 other peer nations. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/us-health-compared-internationally-shorter-lives-poorer-health According to the Christian Science Monitor and Wikipedia, there is a long history of school shootings in the United States.
Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, there have already been three more school shootings in the US:
1. Taft Union High School, January 10
16-year-old Bryan Oliver opened fire on classmates at Taft Union High School, in the town of Taft about 30 miles west of Bakersfield, California, on January 10.
2. Stevens Institute of Business & Arts, January 15
34-year-old Sean Johnson, an “on-again off-again” student at Stevens Institute of Business & Arts in downtown St. Louis, shot the school’s financial aid director, Greg Elsenrath, on January 15. He had a mental health condition, according to court records. His neighbors described him as “quiet, seemingly harmless and known to have learning disabilities.”
3. Hazard Community and Technical College, January 15
On the same day as the shooting in St. Louis, two people were shot dead at Hazard Community and Technical College in eastern Kentucky. 20-year-old Caitlin Cornett and her uncle, 53-year-old Jackie Cornett, were killed. His 12-year-old daughter was also shot and died the next day from her injuries. 21-year-old Dalton Stidham turned himself into police and has admitted to the killings.
Investigators remain silent on the questions regarding the reported history of psychiatric medications taken by Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings.: http://www.examiner.com/article/la-times-reports-that-the-connecticut-school-shooter-was-medicated-since-age-10 The most recent, three school shooters may also have been on psychiatric medications. The mental health of anyone responsible for a mass shooting is obviously fragile. Now is the time for America to address mental health issues and offer better solutions rather than psychiatric medications.
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