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Mental Health Warnings Ignored

First and foremost, looking at this picture, is there any thought that this guy ISN’T crazy? This guys is obviously nuts.

If the gunman in Saturday’s mass shooting had sought mental health treatment years ago, doctors could have been able to work out his problems before he allegedly unleashed terror on the crowd outside a Safeway in southern Arizona, a top state health official told on Monday.

But that early intervention likely never happened. Though colleagues and acquaintances expressed concern, particularly over the past year, about Jared Lee Loughner’s mental state, no evidence has yet emerged showing he sought treatment.

Pima Community College effectively kicked Loughner off campus last September after a series of disruptions and told him that if he ever wanted to return he’d need a “mental health clearance” from a professional saying he did not present a danger. Loughner never returned with the document.

Dr. Laura Nelson, deputy director for behavioral health at the Arizona Department of Health Services, told the state has no record of Loughner, 22, seeking mental health treatment in the public system.

“I truly believe that it could have (helped),” Nelson said.

I feel for all the victims and their families after this tragedy. It makes me wonder, what could make someone so such a thing and why on Earth officials would ignore multiple warning signs that something like this was going to happen.

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