This is a topic I'd like to bring to light. It's generally extremely taboo because of the Nazi's and as far as I've experienced, anyone who supports it is called one. I believe that ALL severely mentally retarded individuals should be euthanized. Now because this is a very select group I'm talking about, let me define what I mean by "severe" - Individuals who CANNOT support themselves and must rely on others for their entire life. In the public school systems of the United States of America, the cost for students eligible for special education services are two to three times greater than that of a normal student. At the High School I attended, they had a non-stop fleet of four teachers huddled around six or so dysfunctional students every second they were in the building. They had their own special rooms, their own special buses, and they were always the first to get to lunch. While I only normally saw 4 teachers, the school website listed triple that under their special education program - The statistics for the district listed the average teacher salary at 43k per year. You can do the math on your own on how much it costs to supervise them and literally ESCORT them to their room because they cannot do it on their own. These individuals are a drain on society and a complete and utter waste of tax payer dollars. Some individuals with mental(with additional physical) disabilities may not even live past 25 years of age, making the 20-30k a year cost to keep them around ridiculous. Instead of focusing on a larger Gifted and Talented Program, or funding the nearly broke Choir Department, they choose to allocate resources to a group of individuals that can not and will not EVER contribute to society. Many of these individuals will spend 16+ years absorbing tax payers dollars for special treatment and come out without the ability to even read. Decades ago, the mentally ill were sent to special government funded facilities. This was ended by the Education for All Handicapped Children act which was passed in 1975, which was replaced by the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1989. Regardless, both these facilities and "integrating" them into the public school systems continue to be a complete drain on funding that could be better utilized elsewhere. Let us imagine that we have a student in a Pre-Calculus class who is currently getting a low B. He is struggling with the material but making his way through the course - he could use extra help. Instead of receiving one on one aid, that amenity is used by a department literally changing the diapers of children with cerebral palsy. This student will leave with his B in Pre-Calculus and enter college. Once he graduates he will enter the workforce and eventually pay income, property, etc. taxes. Some of this tax money in turn will go straight to those mentally ill children who stopped him short of reaching his full potential. This isn't simply a financial problem either. In the 2008 documentary by National Geographic titled Stress: Portrait of a Killer, a group of women were found to be aging more on a cellular level than the average individual due to the extra stress incurred by their mentally ill children. Many parents who have mentally ill children feel bad, guilty, or that they have an obligation to care for the child - many of these parents will take care of the child for years before deciding that they've had enough. They'll throw the child onto the educational system and the government and demand that extra programs are established for the mentally retarded and that current programs are not sufficient. The mentally ill hurt not only students who would have had a nicer educational experience, but also the parents who struggle through merely caring for the child. It is because of these reasons that I am certain that the severely mentally retarded should be euthanized for the betterment of society. Obviously I posted this thread to get a nice debate going, but I merely ask that you support your beliefs with factual evidence. Simply stating, "they're people too", does not invalidate my argument nor make a decent point, so please refrain from saying it.