The Importance Of School Shootings

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By definition, a mental disorder is characterized as a behavioral pattern that causes significant distress or impairment on personal functioning. This becomes evident within their behaviors, decisions, functions, etc. For example, Valentine’s Day of 2018 saw one of the most traumatic school shootings in Florida with at least seventeen dead. Once the news was released that this man claimed he was going to be a “professional school shooter” following an expulsion back in September, it was clear to the public that the fault was held by a mentally ill man. Nevertheless, many claim that humans, no matter sane or not, are entitled to their own unalienable rights and should not have to be forced into anything. Additionally, there are many actions that our federal government can take that will aid in the protection of the mentally ill and those around them. With this knowledge, and the devastating toll these circumstances; such as school shootings have taken on our country as a whole, it is only ethical to force those who suffer with severe mental illness into an institution where they can be cared for. The question that arises, however, is at what point is someone’s condition so severe that they are in need of mental assistance; where do you draw the line? The instances of “inhuman cries and...lurid reflections” (Source B) experienced by Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire was the line for her sister, Stella. Blanche’s true accusations against Stanley Kowalski and his animalistic

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