- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rep. Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania Republican, said Wednesday that the school stabbings in Pennsylvania demonstrate the need for more mental health resources for children.

“We know if we identify kids, get them early, help them with medication and counseling, it can make a world of difference,” he said on CNN.

He also cited the need for more psychologists to work with kids in schools and more training for police on how to handle situations like this one, where a 16-year-old student injured 20 people with two knives at school.

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Mr. Murphy said it’s not usually one event that sparks a violent act like this, and that communities need to get better at recognizing the warning signs.

“In a situation like this, usually there’s a long fuse,” he said. “When you come to school with two knives with the intent to do this kind of harm, that’s not a normal response and we better get better at dealing with it.”

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