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Letter to the Editor: System failed shooter

on December 03, 2013 10:20 AM

An Associated Press article last week described Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook elementary school shooter, as displaying numerous signs of severe abnormal functioning.

The 20-year-old was definitely in need of an inpatient psychiatric setting. However, he was able to fly underneath the mental health system’s new radar, so to speak.

After detailing all this bizarre behavior — which would lead any reader to conclude that this kid shouldn’t be on the streets unsupervised — the article then asks the question why did he do this.

Are you serious? The legal system still employs what I believe to be an antiquated criteria for assessing insanity in criminal cases: whether the accused knew “the difference between right and wrong.”

The system still doesn’t seem to acknowledge the fact that oftentimes people can plan despite being crazier than an outhouse rat.

Sam Shutter

Blairsville

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