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Education; Classroom; Student behavior; Violence; Mentally disturbed; Psychological problem; Mental disorder
I am certainly not in a position to judge whether a student appears mentally disturbed or unstable in the sense that he or she might be a threat to society or to themselves. However, as a university-level educator who spends most of my working hours with young people in their late teens and early 20s, I have witnessed and experienced situations that were a cause for concern in which I felt compelled to act, intervene or respond in ways that we, as research professors, are often not trained to do. Although most of these situations have been resolved with a common-sense approach to the problem, every so often I have experienced a situation with a student that was more subtle and unpredictable.
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Poindexter, Carla (2013). In attempt to quell violence, don't publicly identify 'mentally disturbed'. UCF Today, 2013-01-16. Retrieved from https://today.ucf.edu/in-attempt-to-quell-violence-dont-publicly-identify-mentally-disturbed/
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