I have seen this exact situation.
I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am Jason Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.
I have seen two different families suffer through this. No matter what they do they cannot fix what is so broken. They end up crushed between the their duties as parents and their duties as human beings. They want as parents to protect and fix their child, but as human beings they must eventually abandon their child to the destructive “care” of the State, if only to protect everyone else.
Why don’t we have anywhere else to put the mentally disturbed than in prison?