A man who attacked a kindergarten last month has been sentenced to death. I'm sure the trial of our local nut will be just as swift. There has been a lot of speculation about why this keeps happening, with one of the theories being that the swiftly changing society is putting a lot of strain on people. I think it may be more a lack of mental health care, and a culture that stoically endures whatever is thrown at it. Occasionally someone snaps. It's sad that the trend seems to be to take it out on the most vulnerable.
Our middle school has stepped up security somewhat. The security guys no longer just lounge around, but are patrolling the grounds throughout the day, and they all carry police batons.