That a brilliant student would make a dramatic shift, amass weapons and perpetrate a massacre at a movie theater-- sounds much too much like the plot of an adventure film. But we know it is the truth, the scientist seemingly turned mad.
Or is he a criminal? The media certainly seems ready to execute him. Yet we know that Student Services at the university he attended flagged him as a potential danger. A psychiatrist treated him and he sent her a present, a package with drawings of a shooter and his victims. Perhaps the doctor asked him to draw out the things going on in his head.
He might have been hospitalized, had he not dropped out of school, fallen between the cracks. It shouldn't have happened, and yet, probably others, not only his psychiatrist knew that he had violent thoughts. Why didn't anyone stop him?
That's a very good question. Clearly the answer is mandatory psycho-education about violence and mental illness.
Read this blogger's take on it for more. James Egan Holmes
Linda Freedman, MSW, PhD, LCSW, LMFT