Any ELEMENTARY school teacher can tell you that
the time to pinpoint the disturbed personality
is at the 7th/8th grade level...NOT the College
kiddo. Almost too late when they hit junior
status in high school...they probably already
have a social/police/psychological profile record
a mile long by that time. And, because of the
fear of a law suit, the administrators overlook
tangible evidence, hoping the NEXT person in
charge of the potential perpetrator will take
the necessary action.
The situation is not too different than a
threatened victim being told by the police
that there is nothing they can do until the
threatener actually performs the deed. By
that time, of course, the victim is dead.
from what little I have read about scizophrenia (if that is the problem) - that often does not surface until early adulthood.
Yes, I know a mother who went through that with a disgruntled ex who was threatening them. No one would help unless he actually hurt them physically.