You do realize that those kids tend to be mentally unbalanced in the first place, right? Either because of something at home, or maybe just bad genetics, regardless of whether or not it's rational for them to be upset and want to lash out, their thinking isn't rational, therefore the solution they come up with isn't, either.
Kontra Kommando said:
A powerful lesson for the special ed kid. Next time, take matters into your own hands I guess. Way to go justice system...
On a side note, I don't understand why kids want to shoot up schools just because they were picked on. Wouldn't it be much better to target the bullies specifically, in a more reasonable way? For example, some jock picks on you everyday, and you absolutely feel the need to redeem yourself. Why not just slash his tires, and when he's standing around trying to assess the situation, you jump out and smash his knee caps with a crowbar. Say goodbye to that football scholarship. I think other teenagers would find that story to be a lot more bad ass, than some crybaby pussy that shot up his school.
I mean, just as an example, let's take schizophrenia. Okay, you have the whole "voices told me to do things," business, but schizophrenia is about more than just hearing the voices. Let's say you could cause a normal, sane person to hear voices in their head, even voices telling them to kill or something. Maybe you have some special speaker that makes it sound like sounds are coming from within someone's own head. Point is, even if a normal, sane person heard voices telling them to kill, they'd be rational enough to understand that those voices are probably a sign of mental illness or something and that they should be ignored. A person with schizophrenia, however, doesn't just hear the voices, but the part of their brain that allows them to have a rational response doesn't work properly - thus, there's a chance they may think listening to the voices in their head is a fantastic idea.
Another factor to consider is that those kids who eventually snap often feel like, as we've discussed, that the whole system is against them. That it's not just the bullies, it's everyone else who lets it happen, it's the other students who don't give enough of a shit to stop the bullies, it's the teachers who turn a blind eye unless the student tries to stand up for himself, that basically, it seems like the whole of society actively condones what the bullies are doing. When your fellow classmates won't defend you, when teachers tell you you're wrong to fight back, when parents say you probably deserve to have the shit kicked out of you, it's easy to see everyone as being equally guilty.
And don't misunderstand, I'm not in any way trying to justify school shootings or anything like that, it's just I can see where our culture that says bullies are fine could cause a kid already on the edge to just completely lose it. I mean, I still remember, shortly after some school shooting, I think it was Columbine but it might have been another one around the same time, and there were all these parents outraged over talks of cracking down on bullying. Just friggin' blew my mind that adults were sitting there not only saying that bullying was okay, but in fact that they saw it as a good thing.