Psychiatry’s Drugs And School Shootings: The Common Link

At least 8 of the last 15 school shooters were under the influence of psychiatric drugs at the time of the shootings

by Citizens Commission on Human Rights

VANCOUVER, B.C. — (OfficialWire) — 10/21/07 — Just 6 months after a 23-year-old Virginia Tech student, Cho Seung-Hui, killed two in a dorm and then killed 30 more 2 hours later in a classroom, a 14-year-old student at a Cleveland high school, Asa H. Coon, has shot and injured two students and two teachers before he shot and killed himself on Wednesday October, 10 2007.

Cleveland juvenile court records, obtained by the psychiatric watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights, verified that the 14-year-old Ohio school shooter had been prescribed psychiatric drugs including Trazodone, an antidepressant, and Clonidine, prescribed for “ADHD.” Although The New York Times reported that Coon had refused to take his “medication,” it failed to mention that the court records also state that the “Child shall be evaluated by a psychiatrist to review his medication and he shall follow all recommendations, including taking medications as prescribed.” This was in June 2006, and by November, the court determined that these conditions were met and the boy’s probation was consequently terminated.

Only six months prior to the Virginia Tech shootings, Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon at Dawson College in Montreal, Ontario killing Anastasia De Sousa, 18, and wounding more than a dozen students and faculty before killing himself.

Official warnings, such as those issued by Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, reveal violence and suicide as a documented risk of taking psychiatric drugs. These warnings, and the fact that at least 8 of the last 15 school shooters were under the influence of psychiatric drugs at the time of the shootings, leads one to make the connection between psychiatry’s drugs and senseless acts of violence.

The following school shooters have been verified as being under the influence of one or another of psychiatry’s drugs at the time of the shooting.

April 29 1999: A 14 year old boy shot two children, killing one, at W.R. Myers High School in Taber Alberta. He was student of the school who was seeing a psychiatrist who prescribed him Dexadrine just prior to the shooting.

March21, 2005:Red Lake Indian Reservation,Minnesota:16-year-old Native American, Jeff Weise, reportedly under the influence of the antidepressant Prozac, went on a shooting rampage at home and at his school, killing nine people and wounding five before committing suicide.

May 21, 1998: Springfield, Oregon: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his own parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 22. Kinkel had been on Prozac.

On April 16, 1999: Notus, Idaho: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school narrowly missing students; he was taking a mix of antidepressants.

On April 20, 1999: Columbine, Colorado: 18-year-old Eric Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox when he and his partner Dylan Klebold killed twelve classmates and a teacher before taking his own life in the bloodiest school massacre in history. The coroner confirmed that the antidepressant was in his system through toxicology reports while Dylan Klebold’s autopsy was never made public.

On May 20, 1999: Conyers, Georgia: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with a mix of antidepressants when he opened fire on and wounded 6 of his classmates.

On March 7, 2000: Williamsport, Pennsylvania: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was on the antidepressant Prozac when she blasted away at fellow students in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, wounding one.

On March 22, 2001: El Cajon, California: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman was on two antidepressants, Effexor and Celexa, when he opened fire at his California high school wounding five. Hoffman had also undergone an “anger management” program.

On April 10, 2001: Wahluke, Washington: 16-year-old Cory Baadsgaard took a rifle to his high school, and held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage while on a high dose of the antidepressant Effexor.

For a complete report on the relationship between psychiatry’s drugs and violence go to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights web site at

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

If you know anyone, including a child, who has been abused or harmed by a psychiatrist call The Citizens Commission on Human Rights at 1-800-670-2247. Complete confidentiality is assured.

Posted   10/21/2007 2:05 PM
Brian Beaumont
Citizens Commission On Human Rights
(604) 689-4417

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