How would you react if you saw severed heads in your neighborhood?

Posted by: Phineas on April 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

**Posted by Phineas

As violence in the cartel wars grows worse in Mexico, more and more Mexican families are sending their children to school in the United States. For school officials in border districts, this means having to deal more and more with children suffering severe mental and emotional trauma from the horrors they’ve witnessed. In the El Paso Independent School District, counselor Susan Crews describes having to deal with children who’ve been through Hell:

In border cities, it’s common for students from Mexico to go to school in the U.S. Some were born in the U.S. but raised in Mexico, and their families feel they’ll have better opportunities if they go to an American school.

But in recent years, motivation to cross the border has changed. Horrific drug-related violence in Mexico is forcing some families to flee, often in a hurry.

Susan Crews, lead counselor for the El Paso Independent School District, has seen what witnessing that violence can do to a child.

“I have students whose mothers have been decapitated,” Crews says. “I have a student in one of the middle schools — when he visited his family in Juarez there were three heads on sticks along the path were he goes.”

Crews is a grandmotherly figure who wears her hair in a bow-shaped bun atop her head. She says never in her 43 years as a counselor has she encountered such hellish stories.

“The counselor had contacted me because this eighth-grader was having a trauma reaction,” Crews says. “He was not able to control his bladder; he was not sleeping at night.”

Crews is the woman the district sends when there’s a major trauma at a school. In the past two years, she’s responded to the deaths of four students — all killed in Mexico.

“My experience has been atrocious,” she says. “I mean it’s just been overwhelming in my opinion.”

Perhaps a measure of the scale of the problem, Ft. Hood Ft. Bliss in El Paso has been offering training in counseling those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder — the kind they offer to soldiers returning from a war.

And now children from Mexico.

EDIT: Fixed a careless mistake.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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9 Responses to “How would you react if you saw severed heads in your neighborhood?”


  1. Bill Fabrizio says:

    “How would you react if you saw severed heads in your neighborhood”?

    If they were the “heads” of the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Health and Human Services, etc., then I wouldn’t much care!

    Oops, am I being politically incorrect?

  2. Carlos says:

    This is the society that libs and the prez want us to accept as “no better and certainly no worse” than our own! THEY WANT TO IMPORT IT, FER CRYIN’ OUT LOUD!

    Yes, I know that they would “strongly disagree” with that assessment, but what else are we to think? That is, in a nutshell, what their pervasive graft, corruption and the inability or unwillingness to do anything about it leads to.

    So, sorry, Mexico and all those poor folk fleeing the violence. I would have a lot more tolerance about the whole thing if you hadn’t set yourselves up for it.

    At least we’re trying to do something about the graft and scum in this administration.

  3. Kate says:

    Unfortunately, Carlos is probably correct. Mexican society at large allowed things to get this out of control by not being courageous enough to stop it when it was less of a problem. They allowed corrupt governments and police departments to continue to exist and they did nothing but run away from the problem.

    Obama and previous administrations seem to like to run from problems, too, or blame them on someone else. I would like to see some definitive plans on what to do about the atrocities in Mexico. How many thousands of people have to needlessly die before the US does anything but pay lip service. We are not being such good neighbors by allowing this to continue.

  4. Paul says:

    Any sane person would react with horror to the sight of severed heads. It was the system in Mexico that, in large part created what is going on there now. Lawlessness, murder and mayhem and we cannot ignore it, because we share a border with Mexico. The Obama administration largely does nothing as far as I can tell.

  5. Carlos says:

    Neither did the GW administration, or Bubba’s, or Daddy B’s, and Reagan’s Congress just kicked the can down the road.


    Now the chickens have come home to roost, and it’s the citizens of this country that are paying the price for our politicians’ ineptitude.

    The way I figure it, this country is so morally weak it won’t be long before we can be counted as a “colder-climate banana republic.” Lord knows, we have enough criminals from the real ones to the south, and the fact the grifters, grafters and thugs running this country now won’t change doesn’t help, either.

  6. captaingrumpy says:

    I seem to agree with the main here.
    Mexicans are a ruthless people and will do anything(ID theft,carjacking etc etc)to get into America to get the welfare payments.They not only get them but they collect them for other people.Cross a mexican and watch his temper.
    Liberals say it’s the gangs and not the folk,but who makes up the gangs?????The general population have let the gangs do this and will keep on letting them. Its not fear it is ancestry that lives like this.It’s normal in the Mexican society to kill to gain what you want. Leave them there.

  7. Carlos says:

    Not “Leave them there,” Grumpy, KEEP THEM THERE!

    Since graft, corruption, thuggery and murder are the norm for that society (kinda like Chicago), let them implode completely, and when the gang thugs take over from the current government thugs and think they can push the United States further than they already do, it’ll give us a valid excuse to go in and clean them out.

    Libs should love that! That would mean the Mexicans would suddenly become part of our country, and presto-changio, no more criminal alien Mexicans!

  8. PE says:

    I wonder if they are getting their machetes from Texas. Does the ATF know about this?

  9. sofa says:

    carlos- comment #2 and #7: spot on.

    Our society has become too stupid to live, too pathetic to defend itself against leeches and carnivores. Darwin had a theory about that…