Today's school shooter at University of Texas at Austin turned out to be only 19. How sad is that?
The coroner ID'd him as Colton Tooley, a sophomore in math. He opened fire with an AK-47. Luckily, he hit no one, then shot himself dead.)
The sadder part is that we don't have to keep losing these kids. It will be awhile before we know what was going on with this kid, but most shooters suffer from severe depression
And here's the thing. Depression is treatable. Read the recommendations released last year by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
It'a a pretty dry, but the bottom line is simple: it's not that hard to diagnose, or to treat.
For a much more moving read, brace yourself and then dive into the staggering piece published in O Magazine last fall by Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold, take a look.
It's heart-breaking, but insightful. Powerful a stuff. Ultimately, it's a plea for moms, teachers, friends and everyone connected to kids to wake up about depression.