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Mo. parents say they sought help for son accused in shooting plot

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- The parents of a Missouri man accused of plotting attacks at a movie theater and a Walmart store said they repeatedly struggled to find mental health care for their son before his arrest.

Bill and Tricia Lammers spoke with the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader about their struggles in the wake of the deadly Dec. 14 school shootings in Connecticut.

"You think, 'Thank God it's not Blaec,'" Bill Lammers said. "I thank God we got lucky. ... Everybody in our community got lucky because he wasn't able to do anything."

Their son, Blaec Lammers, 20, has been jailed since last month on three felony charges, including making a terrorist threat. Lammers' attorney, DeWayne Franklin Perry, has declined to comment on the case.

Blaec Lammers was arrested after Tricia Lammers went to law enforcement, reporting that her son bought an AR-15 and another semi-automatic rifle from a Walmart store in Bolivar, a town about 130 miles southeast of Kansas City, Mo. It's the same store where a police report shows Blaec Lammers was found three years ago carrying a butcher knife and a Halloween mask with plans to kill a clerk.

When questioned, Blaec Lammers confessed that he planned to open fire during a showing of the new "Twilight" film and at the Walmart store.

Tricia Lammers has received phone calls from people who say she's heroic.

"I'm not a hero," said Tricia Lammers, who moved to Bolivar with her husband and the couple's two children in 2009. Bill Lammers was the director of radiology at Citizens Memorial Hospital before becoming a consultant. She is a patient liaison at the hospital.

"With the events that happened [in Newtown, Conn.] my heart tells me I did the right thing," she said, adding, "Our city could be in the news."

Bill and Tricia Lammers say their son has always been different. He was diagnosed with dyslexia soon after first grade. He was quiet and shy. Other children picked on him. He lettered in academics his freshman year of high school in Omaha. Two years later, he was expelled after saying he wanted to harm a teacher. He has homemade tattoos on his arms, belly and legs.

The couple has tried repeatedly to get help for their son, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and an anti-social personality disorder. They recalled waiting for hours as hospital staffers called institutions around the state, trying to find one that had an open bed for their son.

They've spent as much as $30,000 on repeated hospitalizations and medications. There is still a balance of about $9,300 from their son's last stay at Lakeland Behavioral Health System, a psychiatric hospital for children in Springfield.

They said the mental health system has failed them and their son.

"The system is broken," Bill Lammers said. "The mental health system. There's no place to turn to. You take them to a hospital, and 96 hours later, they're home. Maybe on Prozac, but they're not fixed."

They believe better mental health care -- not more restrictions on guns -- is the solution.

"In a perfect world, mental institutions would open back up," Tricia Lammers said. "You could take an individual there and train them to take care of themselves."


Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com


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There is so much that doctors don't know. Please do a Yahoo or Google search on "Theron Randolph" and read about his findings. See if you can find a copy of his book, "An Alternative Approach to Allergies". Food or chemical allergies can cause mental illness and mood swings, including sham rage, and incapacitating headaches. Some people have a cerebral (head) reaction to allergies - although some doctors label this as food "sensitivity" or "intolerance". Also "5-Day Allergy Relief System" by Marshall Mandell, MD which you may find in a library.

Either way, it's much better to learn how to stop the symptoms than to take more pills trying to control them.

He may be "allergic" to, most likely, a protein that he eats very often, makes him feel better to start with, but then when it wears off, he has the symptoms, and eating a tiny bit more makes it better, like withdrawal. And some people have "delayed reactions", for example, eat fish today, then tomorrow and the next day, very severe headache. Or eat beef today, then tomorrow and the next day, turn into "the Hulk".

I believe everyone should be tested for this kind of allergy, and there would be a lot fewer people in mental wards and also in prisons.

They can do skin testing, or a RAST test, where blood is drawn and sent off for testing. It's hard to be around a person with these problems, but it's harder to be the person living with it.

Source(s):

Personal experience.

Please feel free to email or call me. I have more information. He needs to see a doctor who knows about food/chemical sensitivities.

Best of luck to you all.

Lee Sartain

-- Posted by Jelmar106 on Tue, Jun 18, 2013, at 3:34 AM

There is so much that doctors don't know. Please do a Yahoo or Google search on "Theron Randolph" and read about his findings. See if you can find a copy of his book, "An Alternative Approach to Allergies". Food or chemical allergies can cause mental illness and mood swings, including sham rage, and incapacitating headaches. Some people have a cerebral (head) reaction to allergies - although some doctors label this as food "sensitivity" or "intolerance". Also "5-Day Allergy Relief System" by Marshall Mandell, MD which you may find in a library.

Either way, it's much better to learn how to stop the symptoms than to take more pills trying to control them.

He may be "allergic" to, most likely, a protein that he eats very often, makes him feel better to start with, but then when it wears off, he has the symptoms, and eating a tiny bit more makes it better, like withdrawal. And some people have "delayed reactions", for example, eat fish today, then tomorrow and the next day, very severe headache. Or eat beef today, then tomorrow and the next day, turn into "the Hulk".

I believe everyone should be tested for this kind of allergy, and there would be a lot fewer people in mental wards and also in prisons.

They can do skin testing, or a RAST test, where blood is drawn and sent off for testing. It's hard to be around a person with these problems, but it's harder to be the person living with it.

Source(s):

Personal experience.

Please feel free to email or call me. The newspaper has my contact information. He needs to see a doctor who knows about food/chemical sensitivities.

Best of luck to you all.

-- Posted by Jelmar106 on Tue, Jun 18, 2013, at 3:38 AM

Editor,

Please delete the first printing of my response to Mr & Mrs Lammers. It includes my name which probably should not be printed.

Thank you

Lee Sartain

-- Posted by Jelmar106 on Tue, Jun 18, 2013, at 3:45 AM


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