Friday, September 15, 2006

Rich kid poor kid

Here's one for all you parents out there:
A mother left her six year old son alone in a dumpy apartment complex and said she'd be back in a few hours. A few weeks later, one of the residents called police. This kid had been staying with various neighbors (including drug addicts, prostitutes, and other degenerates). One of the junkies decided he was too much responsibility and called police to come and get him. We were unable to contact the mother but the boy seemed happy to be taken by Child Protective Services where he was promised something to eat, clean clothes, and a decent bed to sleep in.

Even the rich have problems:
I was called to a pricy neighborhood where a mother was chasing her 15 year old son through the streets. The boy was barefoot and shirtless and decided he'd had enough with mom and dad's rules. Dad is a multi-millionaire who left home at 16 and lived on the streets until finding a fortune in auto-recycling. Dad said, "just let the kid go -he'll be fine." Mom, however, knew it was a crime to let a minor just walk out so she was in a panic. Apparently, the excelling prep-school athlete recently fell in with the wrong crowd and mom found an x-rated myspace website he was hosting. The crucifix-wearing mom was horrified over the sexual content and communication on his website so she took away his computer and cell phone. His reaction was to go on a two day hunger strike and try to run away (literally) from home. The kid begged us to take him to CPS where he could be placed in foster care. If only he knew the difference between the comforts of his life and that of the kids in the state's care. It was funny to see the six foot tall teenager wearing only a pair of shorts running through the neighborhoods of Camelback mountain with five foot tall mom close behind. In the end, he agreed to go home and work it out.


At September 15, 2006 12:35 PM, Blogger Thomas Vickers said...

I teach in a very low socio economic area and I am amazed by how little regard people have for their kids. It is sad that a foster home was better for that child, but it might be better than having a parent who didn't give a damn.

As for the wealthy...
That kid is just like a lot of kids, wealthy or not. They feel entitled to everything they want and their answer to discipline is to A)walk out B)Call CPS C)Assault their parents.

A night in the county jail might have worked wonders for him. FEAR can cause serious life changes for young people.

At September 19, 2006 7:35 AM, Anonymous Ronda said...

I am very glad, that the first child in this story, was taken to a safe place. The second child however... he will one day learn, when he has to make his own money, and not live off of daddy's.

We love you, Keep Safe!
The Hamaker's.

At September 19, 2006 4:42 PM, Anonymous Gran said...

Kid problems come in all ages and socio-economic groups. Good kids come in the same. We can count ourselves lucky when our kids grow up and become good citizens and good parents. I am truly lucky! LC


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