What you might not have heard about…
I had promised myself not to post another thing about the school shootings in CT but, when horrible things happen to good people I look for other things to renew my faith in mankind. From Toronto, to Russia, Brazil to Scotland and Pakistan the good people of the world, and all over the US, held vigil and added their prayers and strength to the families of Newtown. I thought you might want to know, from Buzzfeed; http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/moving-pictures-of-the-world-grieving-for-sandy-ho
There is also this.. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/moments-that-restored-our-faith-in-humanity-this-y
Our kids knew about the Sandyhook shootings but, they wanted to talk about ‘Rachel’s Challenge‘, a national program named for Rachel Scott, the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting in Columbine, CO in 1999. Wouldn’t it be great if the LSM spent some time telling this story instead of replaying every gory detail of the CT shootings? Proof that in the darkest of times there is hope and a light that can shine brighter then any star. http://www.rachelschallenge.org/big-picture/about-rachels-challenge/ Check out their website.
Rachel’s Challenge was started by Rachel’s dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world. Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her “ups and downs,” she had a passion and conviction that she would someday change the world. The Scott family knew her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to make their world a better place.
More than 18 million people have been touched by Rachel’s message, and they continue the legacy of making a difference in their communities. Each year at least 2 million more people are added to that number. These are just a couple of the results of Rachel’s Challenge. In one survey, 78% more students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel’s Challenge. In a recent 24 month period, Rachel’s Challenge received more than 450 emails from students who indicated that they changed their mind about taking their own life after hearing Rachel’s Challenge.
Gun control bills won’t stop anything, changing people’s minds will. While all tragedies can’t be prevented, we need to rethink the ways in which the courts and society deal with the mentally ill. This is the larger issue no one wants to address. Until they become a danger to society by committing a crime they are left to their own devices.
The result is a system that is bad for the mentally ill: prisons, in spite of their best efforts, are still primarily institutions of punishment, and are inferior places to treat the mentally ill. It is a bad system for felons without mental illness problems, who are sharing facilities with the mentally ill, and are understandably afraid of their unpredictability. It is a bad system for the victims of those mentally ill felons, because in 1960, a mentally ill person was much more likely to have been hospitalized before victimizing someone else. It is a bad system for the taxpayers, who foot the bill for expensive trials and long prison sentences for the headline tragedies, and hundreds of thousands of minor offenses, instead of the much less expensive commitment procedures and perhaps shorter terms of treatment.
Deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill was one of the truly remarkable public policy decisions of the 1960s and 1970s, and yet its full impact is barely recognized by most of the public. Partly this was because the changes did not happen overnight, but took place state-by-state over two decades, with no single national event. While homelessness received enormous public attention in the early 1980s, the news media’s reluctance to acknowledge the role that deinstitutionalization played in this human tragedy meant that the public safety connection was generally invisible to the general public. The solution remains unclear, but recognizing the consequences of deinstitutionalization is the first step.
- “Curiously, during the period before deinstitutionalization, the mentally ill seem to have been less likely to be arrested for serious crimes than the general population.” (althouse.blogspot.com)
- SHES’ Hope (d2dministries.com)
- How does breaking news work “in the era of social”? Or why Buzzfeed is not a site for news (nextlevelofnews.com)