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As you know, I have certain…er, feelings about cops. No, I don’t truly believe all cops are bad. Cops are human so I assume some are nice and some aren’t. However, I’ve had so many bad experiences that I am scared when I hear a siren or see cops, cuz I associate them with being forcibly taken from my home.
So I imagine this 18-year-old kid had the same expectations and the same fears. Why wouldn’t he? He was probably scared to death to end up in yet another mental hospital. I have seen the way they treat kids with schiz diagnosis in hospitals, they are treated the worst, often like they aren’t even human, they are violent animals that must be contained, creatures that have no real human feelings. They will speak of this kid right in front of him like he’s not there. I know, I had schizoaffective disorder (supposedly) and they sure did the same thing to me often enough.
I don’t know what to say about the parents or what they were trying to do. Guess it was just a family fight. Eighteen-year-old kids have fights with their parents all the time. And lots of 18-year-old boys carry screwdrivers and odd tools around with them, by the way.
As you know, I was recently profiled. That’s right, profiled. I wrote a letter that contained in it no violent threats, but the letter was misinterpreted as a threat and the police and a couple other people came to my home yesterday.
Someone misinterpreted the whole thing somehow and the information got skewed. I never posted a violent threat publicly. This was a private e-mail I sent. I would never post in a public forum about the touchy matter contained in the e-mail.
I discussed mental illness stigma, and because I brought up the name of Adam Lanza, someone assumed I was dangerous, possibly armed and out to get someone.
The police who showed up at my door were not the regular, er, combat police. This was the police social worker. Still, I know she’s got “sectioning” power. These people can section based on opinion, there doesn’t even have to be real fact!
So based on no real evidence, it was assumed I was armed and dangerous when in fact, I certainly wasn’t. I was armed with my pen and I was writing, that’s all, no violence here.