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School shooters are not just “ordinary kids”: Will our past determine our future?

Posted by on June 23, 2014

If we do not make changes, then our past will determine our future and we will continue to have school shootings. This statement was a part of my first testimony before Congress in March of 1999 shortly before the massacre at Columbine High School. My testimony focused on the need for increased mental health services […]

Why Teen Mental Health, Not Bullying, Must Be Suicide Focus

Posted by on September 21, 2010

The headline, “5 teen suicides put focus on bullying issue in Mentor,” should have read, “5 teen suicides put focus on youth mental health issues.” This Monday Plain Dealer article in Cleveland, Ohio, is the latest in a number of national news stories linking bullying with incidents of teen suicide.  I first addressed this last […]

School Crisis Recovery: Caring for the Caretakers

Posted by on January 14, 2010

Educators generally do a great job in preparing for the mental health recovery of students following a crisis.  They typically do not prepare enough for their own recovery. In the past five years, I worked with educators after a high-profile school stabbing, a school shooting and student-shooter suicide, and a gang-related student killing in a community where safety concerns spilled over […]