I’m going to burst if I don’t write this right now. If you’ve heard enough about the senseless tragedy in Newtown, CT, go ahead and change the channel. However, if you are wondering like me what you could possibly do to prevent another incident like this, please read on. I need your input at the end.
This horrific shooting spawned a few chat conversations today. In one of them, a friend confided in me that she was concerned by comments she read from one of her friends in Facebook. Without giving away names or details, let’s just say she thought the guy might be planning to go off the deep end and take people with him.
And then she rightfully asked “Just who do I take this to?” I had to stop and think carefully. We have hotlines for domestic violence and suicide prevention, but there’s no hotline for terrorism like this. I googled Homeland Security, and they recommended taking it to your local law enforcement.
And then I think, how do you report a vague threat that local police could even take action on, and keep your name out of it so the lunatic doesn’t come after you or your family? “If you see something, say something” is not as easy as it sounds.
So my question to you, especially if you work in the law enforcement or mental health field, is this, “If a good citizen senses someone is troubled enough to do something like this, how should they best handle it?”
Add your comments below, and please… let’s use this as a forum for personal action solutions, not political solutions. Thank you in advance for your expert advice!