If you missed out on the first part of this saga, you can get caught up by reading this post.
There have been more developments in the situation my college-aged son is facing with a student I've dubbed PK (Problem Kid). In yesterday's post, I conveyed my frustration with university administrators who seem slow to respond to the threats made by a mentally unstable student against my son. The Dean assured me the student, in his opinion, would not carry though on his threats and was just "seeking attention."
On Wednesday night PK's erratic behavior became even more bizarre. He began rambling about imaginary conversations he was having with Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook). PK was, literally, hearing voices and completely delusional.
Later that evening, PK's roommate returned from studying at the library to find he was locked out of his own room. When he knocked, PK refused to open the door and kept calling out, "Go away, xxxx." (xxxx being my son's name). The roommate said, repeatedly, "PK it's me, not xxxx – open the door!" PK refused. An RA was called to unlock the door so the roommate could sleep in his own room.
Why the students didn't call for help at that point, is beyond me. I suppose they were confused and didn't know how to handle the situation. If you've never seen mental illness up close before, I suppose it's very confusing. (Let's be honest, it's very confusing and scary even when you do understand what's happening.)
At 3 a.m. on Thursday morning PK decided he needed to see Pretty, my son's friend. He began texting her nonstop. Her boyfriend was with her, in town, visiting. Pretty's boyfriend texted PK and told him to stop communicating with Pretty NOW.
PK didn't like that at all.
PK headed over to Pretty's dorm. PK got into the dorm. (No one is sure HOW yet, because it's locked after midnight.) He sent a text to Pretty stating he was in the dorm and on his way to her room. Pretty's boyfriend went to head him off before he got to Pretty. A fight occurred. Campus police were called.
The campus police, of course, were completely up to date on PK as a potential danger. They commented to Pretty and her boyfriend they didn't understand why the school was moving so slowly on the PK "situation."
PK is now being held off campus as an in-patient in a psych ward. His family is flying in from Brazil and will be arriving today. They'll be meeting with school officials this afternoon.
The Dean tells me they're meeting to discuss "options."
In my opinion, the only option at this point is for PK to leave the university permanently and get the mental health care he needs. He's only 20 years old. I sincerely hope, with anti-psychotic medication and a lot of therapy, he's able to go on to lead a healthy, productive, SAFE life. I don't think it's a good idea for him to be in the United States when his entire family is in South America. I think he should go home, be treated, and receive the support of his family.
By the way, my heart does break for PK and his family. I can't imagine what they're going through. But, the safety of everyone else must come first.
I sent an email to the Dean which said:
xxxx contacted me this morning with details of last night.
Clearly, PK presents an imminent threat of violence to my son and others.
My understanding is that he has been temporarily removed from campus.
I'm requesting to be notified if he is allowed back on campus.
We will need to remove our son from [University] either temporarily or permanently if he is permitted back.
The Dean has informed me that my son, Pretty, and a few other targeted individuals have been offered post-traumatic counseling if they wish to accept it. (I'm wondering if they would offer this service to the parents of the targeted kids also?)
Pretty and my son were the two primary "targets" for PK.
In a convoluted way, the attempted attack on Pretty is a good thing. PK is somewhere where he can't hurt anyone now. He is, hopefully, getting the treatment he needs.
I'm still amazed and frustrated at how slowly the university addressed this situation. Apparently, the wheels of campus bureaucracy are not equipped to handle a campus threat swiftly unless there's a gun present. (Or perhaps, at all until a violent act is committed?)
I'm hoping we hear soon that PK has returned to his home in South America. I know he's in a secure facility right now, but honestly …
I don't think I'll feel one hundred percent better until I know he's far away from my son.
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