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Change how we handle runaways


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 30, 2014

~~<p>The incident at Roosevelt High School on Tuesday, a frightening episode that ended when police shot a knife-wielding teen, generated headlines nationally. It also should spark a discussion locally about how Hawaii uses law enforcement and social services to solve problems with truant and runaway teens.</p>
<p>There are aspects of the Roosevelt shooting that complicate matters, setting it apart from any general rules one might want to craft. Although the boy, 17, had a truancy record, he also was armed. In addition, he had been diagnosed with mental illness including schizophrenia, for which his mother was pursuing treatment. Management of these cases is difficult, and it won't be clear whether this particular occurrence might have been handled better until all the facts are in.</p>
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The incident at Roosevelt High School on Tuesday, a frightening episode that ended when police shot a knife-wielding teen, generated headlines nationally. It also should spark a discussion locally about how Hawaii uses law enforcement and social services to solve problems with truant and runaway teens.

There are aspects of the Roosevelt shooting that complicate matters, setting it apart from any general rules one might want to craft. Although the boy, 17, had a truancy record, he also was armed. In addition, he had been diagnosed with mental illness including schizophrenia, for which his mother was pursuing treatment. Management of these cases is difficult, and it won't be clear whether this particular occurrence might have been handled better until all the facts are in. Login for more...



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