School Shooter's Mental Health


Meridian, Miss. "911 Dispatcher: Where are you?
Tuff: I'm in the front office. (gunshot) He just went outside and started shooting."

Bookkeeper at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, Antoinette Tuff, is being hailed as a hero after successfully talking a gunman down who entered her school Tuesday with an assault rifle and over 500 rounds of ammunition. The suspect, 20 year old Michael Hill, admitted to having mental problems and to being off his medication. Psychologist with Weems Mental Health Center, Dr. Lee Lee Marlow, says that while she doesn't know the exact circumstances, he could have been influenced to surrender after snapping out of a hallucination.

"The type of delusion or hallucination that they may be having varies from person to person. There may be someone who does something with the thought 'I have to do this,' or whatever feeling they have at that moment, but they do come and go."

Tuff, who according to CNN, has undergone hostile situation training, remained very calm during the whole ordeal, reassuring Hill that everything was going to be ok and trying to relate to him personally. Dr. Marlow supports this type of training, but says to only use it when absolutely possible.

"I don't think it's a good idea for people to go out of their way to get involved in the situation. I definitely think it would be for if you were in that situation not by choice."

While several of the recent mass shootings have been committed by people with a mental disorder, Marlow says they're more often a victim of crime than a suspect.

"If you know someone's not taking their medicine, try to be proactive and get them back stabilized before something like this were to happen. I don't think there's any reason anybody should walk around and be scared of people with mental illness."


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