GREEN BAY, Wis. – A school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year left 17 people dead.
It was a massacre carried out by a former student known to have a history of behavior issues.
Before that, it was Sandy Hook, where 27 people were killed by a shooter described as uncomfortable socially.
In 1999, violence came to Columbine. It led to 15 deaths by two gunmen, who talked about and wrote about violence.
Together, the three shootings resulted in dozens of deaths and some common links.
“Mental health issues related to this are often a disruptive social environment, whether it be with the family or with friends,” Menasha psychologist Frank Cummings said.
Cummings said strained relationships with those family members or friends can become a high risk factor for mental health issues.
“Kids need to know that there’s reliability, there’s safety, they’re cared for, they’re loved,” Cummings said.
Without that strong social environment, disruptive behaviors can emerge – things like violent actions, threats, or a lack of self control. Cummings said that after seeing those signs stepping in isn’t always easy.
“Making sure that ‘Johny’ gets the help he needs can be a real challenge for some parents because they don’t want to admit…