Anthropology is a broad field with many schools of thought a specialties. One of those specialties is cultural anthropology which focuses on studying different cultures and social deviance. That said, I’m focusing this post on America and the plague of school shootings that has now gone on for far too long!
I can’t help but notice that MOST of the youth who commit such acts are on some form of psychotropic medication(s) and MOST of these youth have a past history of being bullied in school, ignored in school and at home, and some have also been physically/emotionally abused at home. These youth are ANGRY! VERY ANGRY inside! In fact, inner anger doesn’t really describe what these youth really feel because what they really feel inside and have felt for a long, long time (years) is closer to RAGE! Their violent acts are a physical manifestation of that rage, sadly.
I’ve done a little research on my own concerning this subject and those I’ve spoken with that take psychiatric medications all tell me the same thing. They tell me that when they take their meds it blocks their feelings! I don’t know about you but in my mind that is ALARMING! A medication that blocks their feelings and emotions? And we are asking why these youth who commit school shootings seem to feel nothing?? It’s the meds!! Problem is some of these youth who are prescribed these meds strike out seemingly without feelings or remorse and to me this is no surprise. They don’t feel anything, any emotions, even when SOME among them commit such horrific acts of violence.
I think we as a society need to take a REALLY CLOSE look at the medications that are being prescribed to our young people! I’m sorry (not) but a drug that blocks your feelings is NOT what I call “helpful.” In fact, it turns you into a sociopath or psychopath because you can’t feel anything! That’s NOT “therapy.” That’s a recipe for DISASTER and those disasters are being carried out in our schools across this nation, sadly.
As a society and as parents WE need to take some responsibility and if prescribed medications are turning our youth into non-feeling sociopaths or worse then we need to do something about it. For starters we can start holding the doctors and psychiatrists accountable! Further, we need to declare these drugs dangerous and stop using them so freely with our youth!
Sadly, we live in a society that wants instant answers and instant “solutions.” In psychiatric terms we want “instant gratification.” Make no mistake about it. The drug manufacturing companies couldn’t give a damn about you, your kids, other people’s kids, or anything else! All they care about is their bottom line PROFIT! That’s why any and every medication that your life depends on has an outrageous price tag on it! Personally, I think any med that is necessary for your life to continue should be FREE! But, that’s never going to be the case in a society that is absolutely riddled with GREED!
When tragedies happen like we saw today transpire at the Santa Fe High School in Texas we immediately begin blaming anything and everything we possibly can. I see the shootings as a SYMPTOM of the dis-ease, frankly. Our medical model today likes to treat symptoms and so does our societal model rather than treating or addressing the CAUSE. If we really want to alleviate any problem then we have no choice but to treat or address the CAUSE! We can treat or address symptoms until hell freezes over, frankly, and to no end!
America has a BIG drug problem! And I’m not just talking illegal drugs because I’m also saying we have a BIG legal drug problem!! Don’t get me wrong. Medications have their uses and place but that does NOT include abusing the use of them by patient or doctor. And that is exactly what I see in these cases. The abuse of medications by BOTH! Until we as a society, as parents, and as ADULTS start taking up some responsibility I’m sure these school shootings will continue. America has a drug problem and it is badly and long overdue in need of an INTERVENTION!! Our society cannot and will not continue if we simply keep allowing ourselves to ignore the elephant in the room as evidenced once AGAIN today in Texas at the Santa Fe High School which left several dead and several injured.