Friday, October 23, 2015
For those who haven't heard of the term or what it is:
A 16 year-old drug-addled, drunk teenager with parents who should also be in jail for stupidity, all "got off" of the kid spending the rest of his life in prison for driving in the previously mentioned state and killing 4 people and injuring numerous others. Yes, it was determined (I kid you not) that he was too "spoiled" to be sent to jail!
His rich parents admit that they should've been better parents and not given him the vision that their having money meant he'd never have to follow any rules, anywhere at anytime, but that didn't mean "he should have to suffer and go to jail".
The judge, who has since retired, deemed that his (parent hired) psychologist was correct in saying he suffered from "affluenza" and should just be forced into re-hab and be on probation for 10 years.
When I heard the news report, the journalist was doing a special hour-long piece on the absurdity and horror of this entire debacle on a weekly news show. I had to tape it and find out the entire "scoop" for myself.
That is the reason for this particular rant. I'm horrified by Texas (of all states!) allowing this kid to get nothing but a slap on the wrist for what should amount to nothing short of first degree murder! The families lives he changed forever, the pain and suffering he caused and the knowledge that even now, neither he or his parents have EVER apologized to the victims or shown the slightest bit of remorse.
The details of the parents absenteeism and bad parenting and the lack of moral code from all 3 are just plain appalling. Truth is, an older 1/2 sister even told their mom that the kid was in trouble and the mother ignored her- that was only a mere week before the kid got into his fancy expensive truck late at night and plowed into 4 innocents, slammed into on-coming cars during his self-declared "game of chicken" and even rolling his own car into a ditch.
Shame on the parents, shame on that kid and shame on the judge, defense attorney and therapist who felt he should get no time behind bars.
I'm all for kids making mistakes and learning from them, how else will they learn? However, this is taking it to a whole new level and worse, the kid has only had his horrible upbringing confirmed. He isn't privy to dealing with consequences because he's rich.