Regarding the knife attack at Franklin Regional High School: First of all my heart breaks for the injured students, their families and the community. It was an awful thing to happen, and I am so happy to hear the most seriously injured are making good progress. May all of them return to total heath.
Before I even saw the suspect I said to my husband, “this has to have something to do with bullying.” When I saw his slight size and age there isn’t any doubt in my mind that it must have played a big part. My heart also goes out to him and, more important, to his family. I basically do not believe in good and evil but rather healthy and sick. At 16 his brain has another nine years to develop. I hope he gets the right diagnosis and gets into a treatment center.
Charging him as an adult is evil, and putting a child into jail with hardened criminals would mean no rehabilitation — just unspeakable acts of violence on and against him. I believe he must have very serious mental health issues. What he did was absolutely wrong, but we must be able to show compassion when it comes to mental illness if in fact that is his diagnosis.
However, when it comes to Richard Poplawski, who shot and killed three Pittsburgh police officers, I do consider him evil, not sick. He needs to pay for his hideous crimes.