Don’t fault social services due to few bad seeds

Could a shooting rampage be the final contributing factor to a chain of frenzy reaction reached by distraught disorders? What triggers mentally-ills to snap?

A Dec. 22 columnist, the Jan. 9 editorial and Jan. 15 letter writers seemed to question the validity of social or justice services. I, too, am skeptical.

The death of a Longs Drugs manager (The Maui News, Dec. 29) is an example of a fatal chain reaction with no weapon involved. My prayers to his family. Any naturally, good-hearted, courageous individual like this man couldn’t resist any sort of wrongdoing that led to tragedy.

The disturbed man charged in the case sought help but didn’t properly get it. Shoplifting was unintentional. Perhaps waiting to pay triggered an irrational feeling. He resorted to fleeing, was confronted and panicked.

Social or justice service is an occupational hazard. Personnel deal with varieties of mental disorders. Devoted majorities try to make a difference to unfortunate lives. But few could be tyrants, overpowering vulnerable unfortunates or meek innocents; instigating, promoting immorality. They could be friends, relatives. To cover up for fear of retaliation or chance of privilege is massive indiscretion.

How do we stand tall to combat the insanity of deception, especially when players achieve mastery or have a position of authority to their advantage? For justice or all social services to be faulted due to couple of bad seeds would be appalling.

For children and the future, let’s not be blind, mindless zombies.

Irene B. Nakama