Prof. Matthew Tobias
Unit 5 Assignment
The case of Bradley has a background which is getting more and more common in this day and age. The country as a whole created a major stigma for service members seeking help in the years that followed the Vietnam conflict and it has taken until the last decade or so to begin to turn that around. When considering options for how to treat this scenario, it must remain present in your mind that Bradley and his wife should have been involved in counseling for a long time now, but they haven't been. So there will be issues that need to be worked out but cannot be done right now. With that in mind, it's important to focus on what can be accomplished. Namely, disarming Bradley, and getting innocent bystanders to safety.
I do not think that it can be determined precisely one way or the other if this is a hostage or non-hostage situation. It will evolve and turn one way or the other depending on the actions of the negotiator and assault team. I think that the nine other students are not being held for any sort of leverage by Bradley, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. As for the Professor and Bradley's wife, I believe he is holding them there because he's upset and feels that they need to explain to him what is going on. With proper counseling, the Professor doesn't need to be there either, but Bradley isn't a proper counselor and so does not realize that yet.
Bradley is right in the middle of the Crisis stage. Maybe this morning he was still in Pre-Crisis, but now he has stepped through that threshold and created a situation he can't hope to get out of on his own. At this point he needs to be escorted to the Negotiation/Stabilization phase to calm him down and get a peaceful resolution to this problem.
I have full confidence that this situation can be negotiated and brought to an end without loss of life or injury. Bradley is feeling upset, betrayed, misunderstood and I...