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Hannahs Essay

  • Submitted by: HannahPoshedly
  • on June 24, 2014
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,131 words

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“The C Word in the Hallways,” Anna Quindlen
Student Activity
(1) The saddest phrase I’ve read in a long time is this
one: psychological autopsy. That’s
what the doctors call it when a
kid kills
himself and they go back over the plowed ground of his short life, and discover all the hidden markers that led to the rope, th
e blade, the
gun. There’s a plague on all our houses, and since it doesn’t announce itself with lumps or spots or protest marches, it has g
one
unremarked in the quiet suburbs and busy citi
es where it has been laying waste. The
number of suicides and homicides committed
by
teenagers, most often young men, has exploded in the last th
ree decades, until it has become
commonplace to have black-bordered
photographs in yearbooks and murder suspects with acne problems.
And everyone searches for r
easons, and scapegoats, and soluti
ons,
most often punitive. Yet one solution continues to elude us, and that is ending the ignorance about mental health, and moving
it from
the margins of care and into
the mainstream where it belongs. As sure
ly as any vaccine, this would save lives.
(2) So many have already been lost. This month Kip Kinkel was sentenced to life in prison in Oregon for the murders of his
parents
and a shooting rampage at his high school that killed two studen
ts. A psychiatrist who speciali
zes in the care of adolescents testified that
Kinkel, now 17, had been hearing voices since he was 12. Sam Manzie is also 17. He is serving a 70-year sentence for luring a
n 11-
year-old boy named Eddie Werner into his New Jersey home and strangling him with the cord of an alarm clock because his Sega
Genesis was out of reach. Manzie had his firs
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