Mental Health Concerns Following Sandy Hook

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It's still unclear if the Sandy Hook shooter battled a mental illness. However, President Obama says he plans to meet with mental health professionals in the coming weeks to try and prevent future mass shootings.

Several parents say, plain and simple, they need help.

Amy Bass has a mentally disabled ten-year-old who she says sometimes gets violent. Bass says more needs to be done to treat kids struggling with similar issues. She's spent the last decade searching for assistance.

“Our kids are human beings, and they are not defined as these mental illnesses or by these disabilities and we have got to come together,” Bass says.

Bass says if her son Conner wasn't mentally handicapped, she would keep guns inside the house, although Conner often has public break-downs.

Rosecrance Mental Health Services Vice President Mary-Ann Abate says not everyone’s symptoms are so obvious. Abate says her center receives more than 300 calls for help a day. She agrees that more needs to be done to help the special needs population.. But doesn't want those who have mental disabilities to be classified as violent. She says most go their entire lives without committing a crime.

“More people with mental illness are victims of crimes rather than suspect, we need to look at the whole picture,” Abate says.

Adam Lanza's mother told a therapist that her son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism-like disorder, and we do want to stress professionals say, this isn't an excuse, and that the disorder doesn't make someone violent.


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