I’m glad I’ll never face this problem. I venture to say you Dopers out there won’t either.
But I just finished reading the book Columbine, by Dave Cullen. He makes a convincing case that Eric Harris, one of the Columbine killers was a full-blown murderous psychopath, and nothing could’ve changed him.
Eric’s parents apparently had little idea what their son was really up to, and neither did the parents of Dylan Klebold, the other killer. Cullen paints Dylan as a weak-willed depressed person instead of a psychopath, but still…
But suppose you had a child, and you were a little more observant or nosy or whatever, and you found out your child had all the traits of a full-blown psychopathic killer. Suppose you found out your kid was planning a rampage a full year in advance like these two were.
I’m just wondering what anyone could really do in a case like this. Eric and Dylan both had been through law enforcement mandated programs for troubled kids, and they just bullshitted their way through like a lot of psychopaths can.
So, I guess, my question is, if you find out your teenager, (or younger?) is planning something heinous, what could you do to prevent it?