Mental Illness

"Students and teachers at Virginia Tech began returning to their classrooms a week after Seung-Hui Cho murdered thirty-two and killed himself...

"Could a more robust mental health safety net have deterred his rampage? To attempt to answer this question honestly would mean confronting the nation's long, shameful abandonment of the seriously mentally ill, beginning with the dumping of patients from state psychiatric hospitals into neighborhoods lacking community services in the 1970s, to Ronald Reagan's campaign to deny them Social Security and legal aid, to today's warehousing of the mentally ill in prisons" (Bruce Shapiro. "Virg. Tech: Only Connect." The Nation, May 14, 2007: 4-5).

Colby Glass, MLIS