Dr. Park Dietz explained to BBC News how sensational media and the "glamourization" of mass murderers serves to create more violent incidences.
Please ask news stations and reporters to stop the sensationalism and stop getting our friends, family, and neighbors killed.
The ongoing "immortalization" of criminals that have perpetrated terrible crimes in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Colorado, and now the Connecticut Shooting in Newton, only serves to fuel more incidences like this.
People with mental health issues, and pathological behavior patterns have a potential of hurting others, and the 24 hours news cycle demonstrates to them that they can end their lives and gain a great deal of fame and recognition by taking others out with them.
Please tell reporters to stop getting innocent people killed for ratings by continuing this vicious cycle.
To all reporters and news stations, including CNN, MSNBC, FOXNews....
We ask that you:
1. Stop incessantly repeating the name of a man who killed children, teachers, and parents.
2. Stop recounting the details of his heinous actions.
3. Stop reporting any of the details of his life, who he was, or what motivated him.
4. Stop paying attention to the nature of the crimes that he committed.
5. Instead, focus on what others are doing to serve the members of a community who have been so deeply wounded.
Please tell us about the families that need help, how we can help them, and what help these communites have recieved so far.
Send a clear message: "We will not make celebrities of people who hurt children!"
We let them be blips on the radar that are soon forgotten.
Instead, we will remember communities and heroes that show up with love and compassion in times of difficulty.
Show us the heroes!
STOP making heroes of the violent perpetrators!
Stop getting our neighbors killed for ratings.