In recent days, coverage of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio have revived the stories of several prominent cases of crime involving young people. Along with those horrific crimes is the subject of mental illness. Two in particular made widespread headlines across the nation highlighting mental illness as the reason for the crimes.
In December of 2012, Adam Lanza from Newtown, Connecticut, showed warning signs of a severe mental illness that many either missed or ignored. He fatally killed 20 children as well as six adult staff workers and his mother before ending his own life.
In May of 2014, two preteen girls followed the directions of Slender Man, a fictional character on the internet. Through fear and yet obedience, they attempted to kill their best friend to show allegiance to Slender Man. They were both evaluated as having a mental illness.
Today, thousands of young people have been affected by varying degrees of mental illness. Parents of children and teens diagnosed with a mental illness are more worried today than ever. The question that ponders in their mind is, “Could my child be the next murderer?” Continue reading