Dr. Andrea Bonior dives into the world of psychology.
THE HORRIFIC EVENTS at the University of Alabama-Huntsville last week — three faculty members were shot and killed while at work, and a fellow professor is charged — raised several disturbing questions.
» Did the suspect get away with the possible murder of her brother 20 years ago, perhaps because her mother had power within the community?
» In an entirely different incident, were additional warning signs missed when the suspect was questioned with regard to a pipe bomb incident at a different university?
» With all the attention given to increasing the safety net for college students suffering from mental-health issues, might we be ignoring a similar need among faculty?
There often exists a stereotype that highly accomplished people, especially those who possess exceptional intelligence, are somehow immune from psychological problems. But no demographic goes untouched by mental-health disorders, and if there’s ever a time to shake up stereotypes that breed complacency, it’s now, after such a tragedy.
It’s hard to imagine that something good could come from this. But by investigating these questions — even if inconvenient or difficult — that possibility becomes a little more likely.