There is a profile, IMO, for people that commit spree violence, mass shootings. And it crosses all political spectrums. Whether the shooter joins ISIS, Antifa, or is a NeoNazi.
Socially isolated, failing at transitioning to adulthood, with long standing mental health issues.

Rn, people like this are mainstreamed. I’m wondering about the wisdom of that. I don’t think it serves them very well. They don’t learn a trade or life skills
They are taught to expect college when that may not be realistic for a variety of reasons. They are put into the education general population where they remain socially isolated and are not protected from the more predatory students. They are bullied. They remain isolated
Most wealthy parents of Aspies put them in private special education schools. That’s 30 to 60 k a year, more if it’s a boarding school. They don’t subject them to the frustration, bullying and unrealistic expectations of mainstreaming. Most people can’t afford this care
Maybe it’s kinder, more productive, and more protective to identify these students and not demand they always be mainstreamed. Maybe it’s not realistic to teach them to aim for college. Maybe we need to bring teaching a trade back into high school. This can’t go on
And for these students we need to teach life skills. Most can get jobs, but they can’t keep them. Right now all the focus is on college, not a trade, and none on life skills. We dump them in mainstreaming and expect a neurotypical result. It’s nuts.
Please please don’t think I’m saying Aspies are like the shooter in El Paso

But James Holmes, Adam Lanza, Elliot Rodger, Jared Lee Loughner, the VaTech shooter, Columbine, on and on, demonstrate a pattern. A profile. Frankly the a lot of the same profile of people who join ISIS
Maybe if we did a better job identifying the personality type prone to spree violence, we could do a better job preventing it. Spree violence can be done with a car, or a knife or a gun. All that’s required is a malfunctioning mind
I am not justifying this horror. We have a profile to spot a terrorist. If you see something, say something. We tell people what to look for. How to know when a loved one may be affected. What to do. We need to stop being afraid to identify the danger, name it and report it
And we need to stop treating the idea of mainstreaming as a holy thing, sacrosanct and impervious to challenge. For kids like this, with long standing mental health and learning issues, it’s a disaster
I don’t know the history of the El Paso shooter. I expect to hear some of the things I described in this thread. And it’s almost irrelevant what motivated him. The thing that needs to be studied, is the shooters history. What were the red flags, and how did they get ignored
After the fact we always hear that everybody knew. And nobody did the right thing.

Do the right thing. If you see something, say something.

And don’t stop
This personality type doesn’t always use guns. See Mark Anthony Conditt, the Austin bomber

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_se…
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