Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
1 comment

Exclusive to OpEdNews:
General News

Just Another Kid Losing it With A Gun – PART I

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 2 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H2 11/5/09

Become a Fan
  (6 fans)

opednews.com

It happened in Houston almost exactly 5 years ago. In an article by Andrew Tilghman and Kevin Moran (Houston Chronicle 8/31/2004) we were told that "sexual abuse by his father and an increased dosage of Prozac may have helped drive a 10-year-old boy to shoot and kill his father last week, the boy's mother and attorney contend."

Thus, for quite some time, with the media titillating itself over a new sexual abuse scandal, the mood of public opinion swung swiftly against the dead father. But things are not always what they seem.

According to another attorney report in November of 2004 (http://www.helpstoppas.com), the boy's behavior was caused by "Parental Alienation Syndrome," which, he explains, occurs in the context of divorce when one parent turns the children against the other parent, filling them with as much of his or her own rage and hatred as possible. In order to keep the love of one parent, they must turn against the other.

It began to seem that the case was not really about sexual abuse, but about a very contentious divorce. According to that same report, the allegations of abuse (which had been made by the mother against the father) were proved false by two different police investigations and two lie detector tests. As a result of the false allegations, the mother was forced to settle the case out of court. The father was awarded the home and 50/50 custodial rights.

Right before the shooting, the mother independently decided to have the 10 year-old put on Prozac without notifying the father. When the father came to pick up the children to take them home, the boy slid into the back seat, took out his mother's .40 caliber, and fired three rounds through the seat, wounding his father. He went back into the house, but his mother sent him back to his father's car. He unloaded the rest of the cartridge, mortally wounding his father, and returned to his mother, who, even though a registered nurse, never went to the aid of her ex-husband.

Things can be very complicated.

The Trauma of "Nothingness"

Kevin Rexroad, M.D., a psychiatrist in Albuquerque, stressed that the pain of divorce should not be underestimated when considering its impact on children or whether it can be factored in as a precipitant to violence. "When under stress, especially of a prolonged nature (as are most separations and divorces), the child's fragile psyche will split into two parts: a part that feels helpless (longing to have a positive parent-child relationship) and a part that identifies with the aggressor (essentiallyStockholm Syndrome; accepting a negative parent-child relationship).What the child is attempting to avoid at all costs is having a nebulous/neutral parent-child relationship.The undeveloped psyche has no resources to tolerate nothingness. (Ital. mine.)"

As Dr. Rexroad explains it, the exploding rage is partially the result of a terror so deep it is inarticulate. And it is the terror that is at the source of their behavior, the sense of being utterly alone, toes dangling over the edge of the abyss with a wind at their backs. Nothingness" Is that what it was like for the little boy in Belen?

With insights as poignant and compelling as that, it is easy to stop right there and say, "Well, that's it. That's the answer." But is it? Does that explain it all for every kid who kills?

Sociopathic Children

Can children be self-interested sociopaths? Will they shoot just because they want to? Or because of some perceived gain?

The courts thought they'd seen a true psychopath when they found Jasmine Richardson--a 12-year-old girl--guilty of brutally murdering her parents and younger brother in Alberta. She had run off with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy, whom her parents disliked. She was given the maximum penalty for a child under 14: ten years.

And then there was 14-year-old Michael Hernandez, who was convicted of the premeditated murder of a classmate. He'd lured him into a bathroom then stabbed him and slit his throat. While he had appeared "so normal" to his friends and "so polite" to his teachers, his journals revealed a youngster fixated on violence and committed to plans of mass murder.

And there's the Bulger Boy Murder in Northern England in 1993, which I personally remember quite well. I still feel a physical revulsion in writing about it. Two otherwise ordinary 10-year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, abducted two-year-old James Bulger from a local shopping area, wandered with him for hours before they beat him to death and left him on railroad tracks. They covered his head with rocks. No explanation was offered. None was ever found.

And as of November 3rd, 2009, the District Attorney has formally charged the little boy in Belen with first degree murder.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

Judith Acosta is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and speaker. She is also a classical homeopath based in New Mexico. She is the author of The Next Osama (2010), co-author of The Worst is Over (2002), the newly released Verbal First Aid (more...)
 
Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

I Fear, Therefore I Buy: A New American Economy

Scandals and Sociopaths: The Psychology of American Politics

PRIMUN NON NOCERE: First Do No Harm

"What Am I Supposed to Do?" The Case for Self-Sufficiency Made Personal

Parents as Authorities?

Why Are We Still Trying to Conquer Nature?

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
1 people are discussing this page, with 1 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

On August 28th, a 10 year-old boy shot his 42 year... by Judith Acosta on Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 at 8:05:15 AM