A male student in a high school, Todd, becomes obsessed with a female teacher, Mrs. White, a special needs teacher, after he is told she will not teacher him anymore. Todd has attention deficit and impulse control problems. His behavior is worsening. Mrs.White is assigned to provide him individual teaching. During a teaching session Todd tells Mrs. White that stopped taking his medications. Mrs. White expresses concern that he is off his medications; a narrator explains that the medications prevented Todd from gaining weight at a time when he wanted to gain weight to play football. Neither Mrs. White or anyone else in the school take any decisive action to help Todd with his compliance problem. Unsurprisingly, Todd's behavior worsens. Soon he is stalking Mrs. White and threatens to kill her. Mrs. White is terrified. Her entire family is now placed at risk. Amazingly, so far the police are not involved. Todd then drives his truck into Mrs. White's house. Still no police. The story ends with the narrator informing that Todd was arrested and spends three years and nine months in jail for various offenses. Todd is still obsessed with Mr. White, who moves and hears from him again. This story is excellent example of a Hollywood potboiler. It has a victim, a woman Mrs. White, and a villain, Todd. The villain, Todd, is mean and nasty, and the victim, Mrs. White, is demur and helpless. The story clearly is biased in favor of Mrs. White, who is presented as someone who warrants sympathy. What the story omits is why, as soon as Todd reported that he stopped taking his medications, the school authorities did not decisively and immediately deal with this problem. Why they did not inform Todd's treating physician of Todd's noncompliance nor why Todd's parents were not immediately brought into the picture. Nor does the story inform whether Mrs. White was qualified to teach children with mental disorders. By failing to deal decisively with Todd's noncompliance, the school authorities became enablers, which directly led to Todd's decompensation and criminal acts. The story, which is biased in favor of Mrs. White, puts blame squarely on Todd, when in fact it is the school which should be held culpable for failing to intervene as soon as Todd's non-compliance became known. This story is just another example of how Hollywood will exploit the plight of the mentally for commercial gain. Sad.
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