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‘See something, say something’ still good advice when it comes to mental health concerns
March 29, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
March 27, 2021
By: Debbie Kelley
Article originally appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette
How can someone walk into a grocery store and randomly kill 10 innocent strangers?
There’s no simple answer, experts say, but there are a few things they know.
Mass shooters often are socially isolated, or loners, and have some sort of grievance, said Susan Payne, a former Colorado Springs police officer who founded the Safe2Tell hotline.
They may have a history of threats, assaults, animal abuse and being bullied, she said. Recent stressors also can be an underlying factor leading up to a shooting spree.
“We look at their home life, grievances, exposure to trauma, financial difficulties, online use,” said Payne, who studied the Boulder shooting crime scene this past week. “We’re living in a time when social stressors are at an all-time high.”