You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Work Here…

Dave Killion — June 1, 2012

I have often thought that there are people who go into law enforcement, psychology, and the priesthood for reasons that make them the worst possible people for those very same jobs. Everyday, we see in the media examples of police officers revealing themselves to be authoritarian bullies drunk on their own power. Incidents of sexual predation suggest some members of the clergy have turned to the church as they wrestle with their tortured souls. And although we hear less about them than the we do priests and police, from time to time there is evidence that some psychologists have taken to their field in order to deal with their own twisted psyches. Via Reason.com, here is a recent example –

“A civil rights organization that has been issuing complaints about the Jefferson Parish school system’s treatment of black and special education students is adding to its grievances by spotlighting racially incendiary comments posted on the Internet by a school psychologist in Jefferson. The comments under scrutiny appeared on NOLA.com and Twitter.

The school psychologist, Mark Traina, has worked with alternative schools and in central administration with the process of referring children to those campuses. Traina argued on Monday that his online opinions are well-reasoned and that they do not reflect on the way the school system operates.

His posts on Twitter, also using his real name, are more heated, including a January comment that, “Young Black Thugs who won’t follow the law need to be put down not incarcerated. Put down like the Dogs they are!”

In a March comment about an article on a violent incident in New Orleans, he wrote, “Quick someone call David Duke before the NAACP gets here!”

Remarking in March about the Republican presidential primaries, he wrote, “I grew up in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana – I am a Wallace Man at Heart!”

Of course, the pathological and the anti-social can be found in every field, but I think these are the only jobs I can think of which are attractive to certain people because of their pathologies.

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