Everyone struggles at some point in their life. Some struggles are harsher than others. Depending on the circumstances, people have different ways of coping with their struggles, but not all coping methods are positive. Some people seek out guidance and comfort from friends, family, or professionals. Others use drugs, inflict pain on themselves, and others. Is it possible that the people who inflict pain on themselves as well as others presented some sort of cry for help before they decided to take matters into their own hands?

“He should die”, said the mayor of Tampa, FL. If you have been following the news, you may have heard of the Seminole Heights Killer in Tampa, FL. What’s sad about this story is that most people will see the suspect as a serial killer who has no remorse for humanity. On the other hand, I see a youth who was troubled and needed serious psychiatric help. I am not justifying what he did because he is responsible for four deaths, which in return, has brought heartache to four families. Some of us may not want to admit that we can relate to the Seminole Heights Killer. I know I can. Here is a young man who just finished college and is working at McDonalds. This is enough to kill anyone’s self-worth. This young man has done everything society told him do, in order to be successful. He finished high school and earned a college degree. You would think that a job would be lined up for him. Instead, he finds his way back home and ends up working at McDonalds. A quiet young man is how the media described him.  A quiet man who was dying inside and did not possess the ability to seek out guidance.

Here is another example of someone crying for help. Recently, there was a teacher in Indiana who was caught on camera snorting heroin. The media did everything they could to destroy her. First, for those of you have the slightest clue of what teachers deal with EVERYDAY, let me break it down for you. Teachers have this fantasy that they can change education by incorporating versatile teaching methods, showing students love, and giving students respect. Instead, they are smacked in the face with testing, disrespectful/disruptive kids, IEPs, parent/teacher conferences, district visits, and evaluations. Oh, and trying to teach your kid a lesson that took a week to develop. So, you may say, well you chose that career, you knew what came with it. Yes, you are right. However, some of you can’t even deal with the bullshit on your jobs. Guess what? You still go to your job every day. The same scenario applies to  teachers. As teachers, we do what we can just to get through the day. Some of us vent, cry, yell, and do drugs. For me, it’s not the fact that she did the drugs, it’s where she did the drugs. I feel as though she wanted someone to see her. Maybe this was her cry for help. As I watched the video of this teacher, I noticed that she did not look up to see if someone was watching her. This tells me that she wasn’t aware of breaking the teacher code of conduct. Once she was confronted about doing the drugs in the classroom, she didn’t even deny it. There are some who would have tried to fight this accusation. Instead of her fighting, she took responsibility for her actions. Maybe this was her only way of getting the help that she needs. (Think about it)

I know it may seem as though I am justifying these two individuals’ crimes. However, when someone does something that is out of the ordinary, I have to stop and ask myself, was there a cry for help or did we, as a society, ignore the warning signs?