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The Youth Unemployment Crisis and the Colorado Shooting

For young people facing a tough job market, the chances of tragedies increase: suicide rates spike, as does the incidence of violence

So far, there’s not a whole lot known about James Eagan Holmes, the 24-year old whom police say fatally shot 12 people and injured dozens more in a suburban Denver movie theater during the premiere of the new Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” As the nation grieves for the families of the victims, questions about the alleged perpetrator are swirling.

What we do know paints a picture of a young man who might have reasonably harbored high expectations of a successful life. He was raised in a well-tended middle class suburban neighborhood in San Diego. And he earned a scholarship to the University of California, Riverside where he distinguished himself, earning a B.S. neuroscience in the spring of 2010. Chancellor Timothy P. White told reporters Friday that “academically, he was at the top of the top” and demonstrated “obvious intellectual capacity.”

But after graduating, it seems that Holmes had difficulty finding a job. According to a neighbor, Tom Mai, he ended up working at McDonald’s.

“I felt bad for him because he studied so hard,” said Mai. “My brother said he looked kind of down; he seemed depressed.”

Holmes then went back to school to get another degree, enrolling as a doctoral student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. At the time of the shooting, he was in the process of withdrawing…

via Did the Youth Unemployment Crisis Play a Role in the Colorado Shooting? | | AlterNet.



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