On the day I wrote this letter I heard on the radio that a young man in Santee went to school and killed two students and wounded 13 others. His friends knew of his plan but apparently did not take him seriously enough to tell anyone in authority. This is horrible. Unfortunately, this scenario has been played out in many schools and churches across our nation.
I am writing this because of the incredibly ignorant answer given to the mother of a young man (24 years old) recently in your PROBE column. The young man has a history of emotional and mental problems that cause him to be agitated and violent. He has threatened many people in our church, including my husband and son. His symptoms seem to be escalating. This was not just a one-time incident in the pastor's office. Our church offered many weeks of counseling and other help, but the problem still worsened. Fortunately, our pastor was wise enough to take him at his word and after his second violent episode (including making physical threats, kicking doors and spitting on walls) a restraining order was obtained.