In a hearing in court, reports The Washington Post, Lovell disclosed that the VA Tech counseling center had told her in December that she no longer needed therapy. She detailed for the court her history of mental illness in high school That included cutting herself and perceiving that she was being bullied. This time she turned to therapy because of difficult transitioning to college.
In 2007, the counseling center was positioned as having missed the warning signs that Seung-Hui Cho was going to turn violent. He killed 32 people on campus.
But treating mental disorders is filled with uncertainties. The so-called science of psychiatry is an imperfect one. Also, at stake is the future of the student. Over-react to the symptoms and the student could wind up suspended or even, at some institutions, expelled. Be too trusting in the student's ability to manage negative emotions and there could be a murder or suicide.
This second incident puts the spotlight on all university and college counseling centers. The legal implications are huge. Keepers' father could file a lawsuit about VA Tech. He was in court with her.