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Jul 29, 2009

Victims' Families Push to Reconvene Va. Tech Review Panel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre and relatives of Seung Hui Cho's victims called on Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Tuesday to reconvene the special panel he appointed to investigate the 2007 shootings.

"While we appreciate the hard work of the Virginia Tech Review Panel, the report issued by the panel contains grave errors, misinformation, and glaring omissions," said the statement, signed by 65 survivors and family members. "We cannot accept that the Commonwealth allows it to stand with errors of any kind."

 Many family members of students who were killed or wounded by Cho said too many questions were raised about the report's accuracy after it was revealed last week that his mental health records, which Virginia Tech had long claimed were lost, had turned up in the home of the former director of the university's counseling center.

Suzanne Grimes, whose son, Kevin Sterne, was seriously wounded in the shootings, said family members want to be on the panel this time.

"We want to be on the panel to make sure the facts are correct," she said. "Because of the recent discoveries of Cho's records . . . it just gives us a clearer belief that there is other information that is either being hidden for a reason, or a clear coverup that we don't know about."

Col. Gerald Massengill, the former state police chief who chaired the review panel, said he would be willing to serve if Kaine reconvened it.

Grimes, whose son still carries one of the bullets Cho shot, said she and many other relatives of victims found numerous errors after combing through e-mails and other data that Virginia Tech disclosed as a result of the $11 million settlement most families accepted from the university.

Full report here: 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/28/AR2009072801394_2.html?hpid=sec-education&sid=ST2009072201436

Another WP article reports:

Lucinda Roy, Cho's tutor, became so troubled by Cho's violent writing and his deep depression that she repeatedly urged him to seek counseling. She sent numerous e-mails to administration officials, counselors, police and others -- all now public in a university archive -- flagging his behavior and asking for help.

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Mental patients don't usually go from 20 to 120 mph like cars.  A psychotic crisis builds, and most tragedies like that of Cho Seung-Hui and Sgt. Russel are therefore avoidable if help is applied in time.  Because of restrictive laws, many families, co-workers, and neighbors are forced to watch a mentally ill person spirals out of control without any way of enforcing treatment.

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com
Jul 29, 2009

I read that at Am Liberals that the Virginia Tech families want the case re-opened about the man who shot their loved ones.  Many other families have been impacted by violence against their members by persons with a long history of mental illness.  The mentally ill themselves are most often victims of their own dysfunctions and the way the system responds to their conditions - tasering, shooting them, imprisonment at great expense to taxpayers - rather than treatment.  See http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com

Why is this allowed to continue?  Simply so that the mentally ill can be preserved UNTREATED and land in prisons and jails.  Private prison facilities use mentally ill persons as commodities.  Currently, American taxpayers pay around $50 BILLION per year for prison fees, and over 1/2 of those imprisoned are mentally ill people who should be under MANDATORY TREATMENT in their communities or if they did violent crimes, they should be hospitalized without their agreement being needed. 

I am CENSORED and ENDANGERED because I advocate for enforced care for mental patients, something that would cost prison profiteers dearly because Kendra's Law already proved that program participants experienced around 90% reduction in incarceration, hospitalization, and homelessness once they were enrolled in the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (AOT).  

The Virginia Tech families are right to demand answers.  As more soldiers transition home with PTSD, we should all demand changes in the way mental illness is treated in America.  Sgt. Russel is NOT the only soldier who did numerous consecutive tours of duty and lost his sense of reason.  Before there are more VA Tech incidents - maybe while YOUR teens are at the mall - demand an end to the existing laws that mentally ill persons must "prove to be a danger to self and others."  Why must we wait until there are smoking guns and dripping knives and bodies here and there before a mental patient gets Enforced Treatment -- but not in his hospital or in his community where he should have, but in PRISON, so that rich prison owners and investors can profit?

Already, there is a marked increase in the criminal acts being done by veterans - particularly veterans from the present overseas conflict.  Our military personnel will soon transition home and many will become prisoners of war like Sgt. Russel.  Someone has to die before mental patients are treated IN PRISONS, when they should have gotten care before the tragedies.  But who must die before the next vet gets care?  Been to the mall lately?

I am also CENSORED and ENDANGERED because of this and because I write about my mentally ill brother who was held under SECRET ARREST and murdered, and authorities REFUSE his family any records or accountability - Freedom of Information Act Request re: Shelby County Jail and The Cochran Firm Fraud -

FOIA REQUEST TO USDOJ RE: LARRY NEAL AND THE COCHRAN FIRM FRAUD   http://my.nowpublic.com/health/foi-request-usdoj-re-larry-neal-and-cochran-firm-fraud

President Obama's executive order to strengthen the FOIA does not matter when it comes to hiding the truth about Larry Neal's murder in Shelby County Jail in Memphis, TN in 2003.

I am CENSORED and suffer from CYBERSTALKERS and in-person STALKING to prevent my telling the world about the PLAN to preserve mental patients untreated for future arrest and to prevent your knowing about my brother's murder.  Tonight I found that my RSS feed from Care2 has been deactivated so you would not be able to read the truth about either of these things.  See this that shows my feed was deactivated three weeks ago, although the setting is still set to feed.  There are huge GAPS in the data that went to RSS, also.
NOW THEY STOPPED MY RSS FEED FROM MY SHAREBOOK 
 
SEE THIS - the feed ends three weeks ago.  They also were choosing what to feed.  Censorship is intolerable.  What is the problem?  All we discuss is decriminalizing mental illness, anti-death penalty advocacy, and ending police brutality.  ARE THOSE TABOO SUBJECTS ON CARE2 - the network for people who CARE?: 

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