Daily Archives: December 19, 2012

LAPD will add daily patrols of all elementary, middle schools after Newtown shooting

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, at podium, is flanked by LAPD and LAUSD officials at a news conference to discuss local school safety on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 in the wake of 20 children and 6 adults being killed in a mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer)

Daily News | Dec 17, 2012

Los Angeles police will be present daily on every public elementary and middle school come January, and on any private or charter campus that requests a visit, Chief Charlie Beck said Monday.

Some officers will be in uniform, some will be in plainclothes and the campus visits will be part of their routine patrols, Beck said.

He wouldn’t say how long the patrols will last and whether the daily campus visits would be permanent.

The increased police presence around campuses – plus an announcement that L.A. will hold its annual gun buyback after Christmas instead of in the spring – was the city’s response to Friday’s massacre at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school.

During a 1 p.m. news conference at the police headquarters, Beck also gave a few more details about a 24-year-old man who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of making criminal threats. Beck said patrol officers found out that Kyle Bangayan of Pomona had allegedly posted comments on Facebook regarding committing violence at an elementary school.

That prompted an investigation by police and FBI agents that led Bangayan’s arrest at 11:15 a.m. at his parents’ home in the 1200 block of North New Hampshire Avenue in Los Angeles.

Police said the threats didn’t target specific schools but did reference Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

LAPD officers and FBI agents seized nine firearms at the home, including rifles, a shotgun, handguns and ammunition.

However, a search of the suspect’s home in Pomona didn’t yield any weapons or related evidence, police said.

Bangayan was booked at LAPD’s downtown jail. His bail has been set at $500,000, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

On Monday, Beck said the department would be extra vigilant and that the fatal shooting of 26 children and adults broke a cultural barrier, by targeting the most vulnerable.

“It is our job, all our jobs…to make sure that we resurrect that barrier and that our children are safe,” Beck said.

Sandy Hook Shooting: ‘Antipsychotic’ Drug Prescribed To Adam Lanza Induces Psychosis and Aggressive Behavior

The Antipsychotic Prescribed To Adam Lanza Has A Troubled History All Its Own

businessinsider.com | Dec 18, 2012

by Geoffrey Ingersoll

fanapt_tab-logoBy now the whole country is fully embroiled in the Gun Control debate, spurred by the grisly murder of 27 people, mostly kids, at the Sandy Hook Elementary school last Friday.

Guns might not be the only problem though.

New York Magazine wrote a piece about shooter Adam Lanza’s supposed “aspergers” syndrome as a “red herring” meant to distract from the real problem (guns, of course, the subject goes without mentioning).

Adam Lanza Meds ‘Fanapt’ Responsible for School Massacre

Inside the piece though they report Adam Lanza’s uncle said the boy was prescribed Fanapt, a controversial anti-psychotic medicine.

Fanapt was the subject of a Bloomberg report when it passed regulators, after previously getting the “nonapproval” stamp. Why wasn’t it approved, you might ask?

There are many reasons, some of which have to do with competing entities in a competitive market.

The main cited reason for the rejection was that it caused severe heart problems in enough patients to cause a stir.

Maybe more importantly, though, Fanapt is one of a many drugs the FDA pumped out with an ability to exact the opposite desired effect on people: that is, you know, inducing rather than inhibiting psychosis and aggressive behavior.

In fact, Fanapt was dropped by its first producer, picked up by another, initially rejected by the FDA, then later picked up and mass produced. The adverse side-effect is said to be “infrequent,” but still it exists, and can’t be ignored.

The reaction invoked by the drug in some people is reminiscent of the Jeffrey R. MacDonald case, where a Green Beret slaughtered his entire family and then fabricated a story about a marauding troop of “hopped up hippies”.

MacDonald though, had Eskatrol in his system, a weight-loss amphetamine that’s since been banned in part for its side effects of psychotic behavior and aggression.

These drugs are not the only ones that can cause the opposite of their desired effect. Several anti-depressant medications are also restricted to adults, for the depression they inspire in kids rather than eliminate.