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Losing TimHow Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia$
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Paul Gionfriddo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168281

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168281.001.0001

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Tim Brings a Gun to School

Tim Brings a Gun to School

(p.1) One Tim Brings a Gun to School
Losing Tim

Paul Gionfriddo

Columbia University Press

This chapter details the story of how eleven-year old Tim brought a gun to school, prompting the principal to call the police and suspend Tim for ten days. Upon entering sixth grade, Tim had already been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, clinical depression, and language-based learning disabilities, and was in reciept of help via the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Tim fitted the profile of an unbalanced young man who might be harmful to others. However, the fact is that people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. The principal's view of Tim's illness as a police matter instead of a mental health issue provoked Tim's father to blame the people making the rules. Despite clear relations between mental illness and chronic diseases, there is but little administrative progress in securing mental health services in different states.

Keywords:   mental illness, attention deficit disorder, clinical depression, learning disabilities, Individualized Education Program, chronic diseases, mental health services

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