“I think that the school shooter is a specific category of criminal,” he says. “And I think we can do a lot to reduce the number of school shootings that happen, to see it coming. And, at the same time, I think that the problem with school shootings is that they’re very hard to predict.”

“Within,” distributed by the film division of the Discovery Channel’s parent company, is being shown at film festivals in Atlanta and Boston this week. It will also have a college tour — a decision made before the Virginia Tech murders — in hopes that the film will make people aware of what can happen, and what can be avoided.


Unfortunately, as all the books and articles on the decrepit state of mental health in the U.S. and elsewhere attest, you can bet that 99% of the forthcoming efforts will be geared to detect who is mentally ill and a potential murderer, and to lock them up with no treatment.

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