By Nancy Stoops
The horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14,2018 is something that will be so very difficult for so many to recover from. I remember being in court seeing my brother’s picture after he was murdered by a bullet to the head. I know it took a very long time to get that horrible image out of my head. As I listened to the story I thought about the massive number of people that were affected by one very angry and unstable young man. I thought about how all of the parents felt especially if they lost a child. I thought about how many of the students will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I thought about how hard it will be for those students to go back to that school, a place that was always seen as safe until that day. I also thought about the shooter and what his life is prison will look like.
They say the shooter had been expelled for behavioral issues. Many people saw his posts on social media but I guess nobody really understood how angry or how sick he really was. This breaks my heart for everybody concerned. I think about how differently things might have turned out if this young man would have gotten the mental health services he needed. As I read about him I hear he was bullied and that both of his parents that adopted him passed away. I hear he had an unusual fascination with guns. If you look at the profile for most of the shooters involved in these horrific shootings most had been bullied.
I guess what I’m saying is don’t wait until it is too late if you see signs that somebody needs mental health services. I also want to send my prayers and my love to everybody that was involved in this horrific incident. My heart goes out to all of you and I hope with time you all will begin to heal!
This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Nancy is now accepting new clients. She also works as a motivational speaker. Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens and can handle many court mandated needs. For more information about any of these services contact Nancy at (909) 229-0727. You may e-mail Nancy at email@example.com. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.