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Killer's father feels 'duty' to prevent more mass killings

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:21 a.m. HST, Jun 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES >>The father of the young man who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last month says it's his "duty" to help prevent future mass killings.

In a letter provided to ABC on Friday, Peter Rodger says he wants to help people recognize warning signs of mental illness within families.

He says his son, Elliot, hid his sickness from his family, mental health professionals and law enforcement. The father says in hindsight he is beginning to understand there are traits that family members can look out for in loved ones.

Peter Rodger also spoke to Barbara Walters in an interview to air Friday as an ABC News prime-time special.

Elliot Rodger died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after the May 23 rampage.

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blkdrgn wrote:
Mass killings make up about 0.2% of all the killings out there. Why not take on the real problems instead of what the media glorifies?
on June 27,2014 | 07:36AM
HIE wrote:
The larger the number of casualties in a single event, the more impact it has on the human psyche. It's the same with plane crashes vs. auto crashes. Many more people die each year from automobile crashes than airline crashes, but it's the sheer number of people who are immediately lost in a plane crash that makes it so intriguing and fear-inducing to humans. And that is what the news media gets money to do...report what people will naturally want to read about -- not what they should read about.
on June 27,2014 | 07:58AM
st1d wrote:
the father is trying to raise the public's awareness of signs of mental illness in families who have the most contact with an ill person. as with other learning disabilities, the earlier a diagnosis is made for a mental illness, the better the chance of controlling the illness or monitoring the ill person.
on June 27,2014 | 08:23AM
mauiday wrote:
I thought I read Elliot Rodgers was seeing mental health professionals from a young age. If so, maybe the mental health profession needs to use this tragedy on improving training of its professionals on warning signs of mental illness that can turn violent. If the mental health professional cannot detect the signs, how is a family suppose to????
on June 27,2014 | 08:30AM
nitpikker wrote:
reflection of the american law system. people are afraid of lawsuits after labeling someone violent. defamation of character.
on June 27,2014 | 09:19AM
cojef wrote:
So true. Myself felt that mental health professionals could provide vital information on individuals suffering from this malady, but due to strict code of conduct, rights to privacy issues, and possible law suits, it is not likely to happen, even if laws were promulgated.
on June 27,2014 | 02:22PM
Kuokoa wrote:
Simple -- PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS OF YOUR CHILD'S LIFE UNTIL THEY ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE! And even then, spend time with your adult children or at least have conversations with them often.
on June 27,2014 | 08:56AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I don't understand this. Does mental illness not manifest after the age of 18?
on June 27,2014 | 09:08AM
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