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Psychoactive Drugs Cause School Violence

November 8, 2007 2 comments

We are devastated by senseless acts of violence; we are even more shocked when children and teens commit these acts. We ask, How could this happen?

Governments and communities have come to realize that they have underestimated the dangers of psychoactive drugs and psychological programs in schools.

  • Eight out of 13 U.S. school shootings were committed by teens taking prescribed psychotropic drugs known to cause violent and suicidal behavior.
  • At least five teens responsible for school massacres had undergone school-sanctioned anger management or other psychological behavior modification programs such as death education.
  • For decades, schools around the world have used death education, a psychological experiment in which the children are made to discuss suicide, what they would like placed in their coffins, and write their own epitaphs in an effort to get kids more comfortable with death. Anger management aims at curbing aggressive or violent behavior but virtually no reliable data exists to prove it can eliminate the problem. In one class, a boy beat up a classmate so badly that six days later the boy was still in the hospital.
  • Eric Harris

  • Critics cite 18-year-old Eric Harris (right) and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold as prime examples of the failure of anger management, death education and psychiatric drugs. As students at Columbine High School, Colorado, they were asked to imagine their own death. Harris subsequently had a dream where he and Klebold went on a shooting rampage in a shopping center. In addition to attending these classes, Harris was taking an antidepressant drug known to cause mania (violent behavior). He even wrote about his killing spree dream and handed it in to the psychology teacher. Not long after, Harris and Klebold acted out the dream by shooting and killing 12 students and a teacher, and wounding 23 others.
  • Kip Kinkel On May 21, 1998, in Oregon, USA, 14-year-old Kip Kinkel shot and killed his parents and then went on a wild shooting spree at his high school, which left two dead and 22 injured. He was taking a psychiatric stimulant and had undergone a psychological anger management program.

The information on these pages makes it obvious that if education authorities sanction the combination of a psychological value systempsychologists argue that it is value-neutralwith violence-inducing, psychiatric drugs, we have a powder keg waiting for a spark.

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