With state-run treatment centers and hospitals shuttered, prison is now the last resort for the mentally ill—Rikers Island, the LA County Jail and Cook County Jail in Illinois housed the nation’s largest treatment centers in 2011.No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail.
The morning of the pants incident, Michael continued to argue with me on the drive. The police came quickly and carried my son screaming and kicking into the bowels of the hospital. I recently accepted a position with a local college, giving up my freelance career because when you have a kid like this, you need benefits. No individual insurance plan will cover this kind of thing. Of these, 43 of the killers were white males, and only one was a woman.
He would occasionally apologize and seem remorseful. “You cannot act the way you acted this morning and think you can get your electronic privileges back that quickly.” His face turned cold, and his eyes were full of calculated rage. “I’m going to jump out of this car right now and kill myself.” That was it. I started to shake, and tears filled my eyes as I filled out the paperwork—“Were there any difficulties with… For days, my son insisted that I was lying—that I made the whole thing up so that I could get rid of him. Mother Jones focused on whether the killers obtained their guns legally (most did). When I asked my son’s social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Michael charged with a crime.
Right before we turned into his school parking lot, he said, “Look, Mom, I’m really sorry. After the knife incident, I told him that if he ever said those words again, I would take him straight to the mental hospital, no ifs, ands, or buts. The first day, when I called to check up on him, he said, “I hate you. On the intake form, under the question, “What are your expectations for treatment? This problem is too big for me to handle on my own. So you just pray for grace and trust that in hindsight, it will all make sense. But this highly visible sign of mental illness should lead us to consider how many people in the U. “If he’s back in the system, they’ll create a paper trail,” he said.
I did not respond, except to pull the car into the opposite lane, turning left instead of right. And I’m going to get my revenge as soon as I get out of here.” By day three, he was my calm, sweet boy again, all apologies and promises to get better. I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. “That’s the only way you’re ever going to get anything done.
No one will pay attention to you unless you’ve got charges.” I don’t believe my son belongs in jail.