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Guns and Antidepressant Drugs: A Middle School Teacher’s Point of View

Allow me to preface this article by saying that the shootings in Connecticut are a travesty and my prayers go out to the community and family members who lost someone that day. Is the solution banning guns? I think one place to start is considering information regarding mental health.

First of all, the shooter was mentally ill. This is the population I work with in public middle school, so am speaking from experience. For some mentally challenged children who also have autism, every day is a new learning curve. What I mean by that is that for a few students, we never know what the day will entail. Will “Billy” (name changed) start cussing vile obscenities, and throw books or chairs for no apparent reason? Will he have a meltdown because he wants a particular food for lunch and he’s not allowed that particular food item, clearing the room to ensure the safety of the other students? Or will the day be calm with conversation, the student wanting hugs, and saying, “I love you”?

Bottom line, people with mental illness do not think rationally and in the case of the Connecticut shooting, it’s not the gun–it’s the shooter at fault. (One can read daily about the murders taking place in inner cities and I’m pretty sure those guns are not registered – but that is for another article.)

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