A Psychological Study Launched to Investigate the Effects of School Shootings
Yesterday, a study was published by mental health experts showing that 30% of the students at Dawson College are suffering from psychological trauma as a result of the shooting that took place on the 13th of September 4 years ago.
The mental illnesses reported by the experts varied between cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, alcohol dependence and social phobia.
According to Alain Lesage, the Lead Researcher and a Professor at the Fernand-Seguin Research Centre of Montreal's Louis-H Lafontaine Hospital, the percentage decreased from the 60% recorded in 2002.
The study also revealed that it is not just because of the Dawson shootings. Although, this one is ended up with Anastasia De Sousa, 18, dead and 19 other students in hospitals, students in general were not able to let go of the previous shootings that took place in Montreal, at Ecole Polytechnique and at Concordia University.
The study lasted for 18 months, investigating the psychological health of 948 people. This study would be the first of its kind to handle the minor details of the accident and its effects on the mental stability of the students.
Louise De Sousa, the mother of the murdered student, said that it would take part in the study providing all the possible information, adding, "If it could help anybody else, any other schools that have a tragedy or anything to deal with, why not?"