Here we see Fred Grimm call a spade a spade in the Miami Herald:
Calling the death of Gabriel Myers a ”suicide” lets his killers off the hook.
The 7-year-old was propelled by a vast conspiracy of abuse and neglect and malpractice. The boy only finished the job on April 15, when he locked himself in the bathroom of his Margate foster home and coiled a shower hose around his neck.
We know that his mother, currently in jail in Ohio, her parental rights severed by the courts, seemed to be preoccupied with other matters, including drugs.
AN ALARMING PATHOLOGY
And we know that something awful in his short, sad life had triggered an alarming pathology of aggressive sexual behaviors. This stuff doesn’t occur spontaneously. Someone, reportedly an older child, inflicted this kind of learned behavior on a small child. Gabriel was abused.
”Kids act out like this because someone hurt them,” said Andrea Moore, the longtime child advocate in Broward County and director of Florida’s Children First. “And they are trying to tell us they’re hurt.”
Gabriel was a child of obvious and urgent needs. He needed help, attention and therapy. What he got was Lexapro, Zyprexa and Symbyax (a combination of Zyprexa and Prozac). None of the three powerful psychotropic drugs doled out to Gabriel while he was a foster child was approved for children. All three drugs were known to raise the risk of ”suicidal tendencies” in children. And Moore points out that none of these anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drugs had a damn thing to do with repairing Gabriel’s underlying problems. “Give me a break. There is no drug that cures the pain of childhood sexual abuse.” (read the rest here)
(emphasis mine—if only we realized how often this is the case for the majority of “mental illness”)