CELEXA: 18 Year Old High School Student Threatens Classmates:

Paragraph four reads:  “Camperlengo said in court that
she believes Crider has adjustment disorder, and that he reacted emotionally
after a stressful event.
Crider had been taking the
antidepressant Celexa on and off, Camperlengo testified, and he reported
side effects such as feeling “speeded up” that may have affected his
behavior.”

Paragraph nine reads:  ” ‘If there is a
misjudgment on the part of his psychiatrist,
there are lives that could be
taken,’ Lowe said in court.”

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School threat suspect denied bail

By The
Daily Progress Staff

Published: January 25, 2010

An 18yearold
Western Albemarle High School student accused of threatening to kill four
students was denied bond this morning in Albemarle County General District
Court.

Patrick Dittmar Crider has been held in Albemarle-Charlottesville
Regional Jail on a charge of threatening to kill or harm someone on school

property in connection with threats made against fellow students on Facebook.
Dr. Vanessa Camperlengo, a psychiatrist specializing in children and
adolescents, testified today that she didn’t believe Crider was a threat to
himself or others.

According to court documents, someone believed to be
Crider had an online conversation Jan. 13 during which threats were made to kill
four specific students the following day. After the shootings, the person
intended to declare his love for a girl and shoot himself in the head, the
records state.

Camperlengo said in court that she believes Crider has
adjustment disorder, and that he reacted emotionally after a stressful event.
Crider had been taking the antidepressant Celexa on and off, Camperlengo
testified, and he reported side effects such as feeling “speeded up” that may
have affected his behavior.

When asked about the Facebook messages,
Camperlengo said Crider was in a specific state of mind.

“I see that as
an stirring excerpt from Patrick at the bottom of an emotional abyss, but that
is not where he lives,” Camperlengo testified.

Darby Lowe, deputy
commonwealth’s attorney, said in court that police had been called previously
when the same victims reported feeling threatened by Crider. That report came
Dec. 11.

Lowe argued that Crider shouldn’t be granted bond.

“If
there is a misjudgment on the part of his psychiatrist, there are lives that
could be taken,” Lowe said in court.

David B. Franzen, Crider’s attorney,
said in court that his client has no criminal record or history of violence.
Franzen argued that his client had a lot of support from family and friends and
could be supervised constantly.

“[He] made an immature judgment,” Franzen
said in court. “Whether or not that in fact was a crime has yet to be
determined.”

Crider is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Feb.
18.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Daily
Progress.

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