Police class slogan: 'Go out and cause' PTSD
December 27, 2007, 12:00 am TWN
BOISE, Idaho -- A police academy leader in the state of Idaho has disavowed the slogan of the most recent graduating class urging one another to "go out and cause" post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Each class at the Idaho Police Officer Standards and Training Academy is allowed to choose a slogan that is printed on its graduation programs, and the class of 43 graduates came up with "Don't suffer from PTSD, go out and cause it."
According to the Veterans Association, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers suffer from PTSD, which causes nightmares, flashbacks and physical symptoms that make sufferers feel as if they are reliving trauma, even many years later. Crime, accidents and other trauma can cause it in civilians.