I'm Not Crazy -- It's Them
Gail-Tzipporah Saunders

The Aron Levis of the World

Posted Sunday, July 17, 2011, at 3:51 PM
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  • When something horrific like this happens, we cry "monster" and want to hang the perpetrator from the nearest tree. But I ask myself, does God create monsters? I hope not. Does God create very ill, disturbed individual? It would appear so. When someone commits a heinous act like this, I always ask, "Where was the help when he needed it?"

    By all accounts, Levi has showed signs of instability for years. Everything about him cried out for help. Where was his community then? Why didn't anyone do anything before he committed such an unspeakable act?

    This country has a deplorable lack of mental health programs. The reason you don't see as much of this type of crime in Europe is that have a mental health structure that intervenes when someone first shows signs of instability.

    In America, just the act of seeking out a mental health professional carries the stigma of shame and disgrace. Careers are ruined. What would the neighbors say? We are told "snap out of it, pull yourself together, get over it." Or worse, "Pray and God will provide."

    Only when we can moved past the stigma of mental illness--and find a way to pay for it--will be able to let our kids walk home unafraid.

    -- Posted by anonymouse on Mon, Jul 18, 2011, at 2:33 PM
  • And that hindsight is 20-20. Thanks for your thoughtful comments!

    -- Posted by Gail-TzipporahSaunders on Mon, Jul 18, 2011, at 3:18 PM
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