A friend of mine on my personal Facebook page shared “The Anarchist Soccer Mom’s” blog and a story she posted on the day of the Sandy Hook School shooting. Read her story, titled “Thinking the unthinkable,” and if you are a mother, tell me it does not bring you to your knees. Can you finish it without tears in your eyes?
In it she says:
I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.
Read her whole story here. This side of the story MUST be part of the conversation this country is about to have.
When I asked my son’s social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Michael charged with a crime. “If he’s back in the system, they’ll create a paper trail,” he said. “That’s the only way you’re ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless you’ve got charges.”
Why did the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter not get him more help? Were her choices to A) try to handle it my herself, or B) get him charged with a crime to have him sent to jail? Is that truly the only way she could have gotten good mental health for him? We still do not know everything, maybe we don’t know anything yet about what happened.
Please read Anarchist Soccer Mom’s story – it is powerful.