Address mental health

NW Staff and NW Staff

America was shaken by yet another appalling act of school violence Monday morning. Cho Seung-Hui, a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, slaughtered 32 individuals on the school’s campus during a shooting that will be remembered as the largest mass shooting in America’s history.

In the days following the shooting, reports claim that Cho had been a distressed student. His English professors described his creative writing as “disturbing.” And now, many professors and students have come forward to say Cho was a mentally troubled young man.

The perpetrators of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings and the 1966 Texas University killings were also disturbed young men, which brings to light the issue of sufficiently addressing mental health of young men in the United States.

Now, it’s far too late to help Cho, but we can help others.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 75 percent of all homicides are perpetrated by males, who are almost 10 times more likely to commit murder than females.

To say most violent crimes are committed by men should not imply that all men are violent nor exclude violent women. However, we can still conclude there is a serious problem with young people who cannot control their anger.

In 2006, The Negro Educational Review studied a group of ethnically diverse adolescents. The results concluded that male students displayed greater levels of anger than females. Furthermore, females were more prone to demonstrate higher levels of anger control.

Throughout history, some males have been unable to resolve conflicts in a non-aggressive manner, more often relying on physical violence.

Though the stigmas against males seeking counseling for mental health have been lessened in recent years, we need to eliminate that stigma altogether. Students and young adults should not feel ashamed to admit they may have anger problems.

If we do not get to the root of why acts such as this take place, we are doing nothing to solve the problem. We have to find how an individual gets to the point where murder or suicide is the only way out. If not, we will never find a solution to this national crisis.