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Teen Chained In Basement And Starved Is Further Proof Some Parents Don’t Deserve Kids

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Teen Chained In Basement And Starved Is Further Proof Some Parents Don t Deserve Kids  shutterstock 47675797 133x200 jpgWhen I hear stories like this I have to do everything in my power not to start audibly swearing in front of my own kids and throwing a plate or something. I do not understand how these things happen. This is one of those times when I am all “WTF.. no, seriously WTF, WTF is wrong with people, WTF makes people act this way, WTF WTF WTF?” Add a few more WTF’s in there and me trying beyond sense and logic to understand being driven to this point and you can start to understand how I feel right now. WTF.

Now that I have that out of my system I can continue writing about this. I have a 16-year-old. He is a good kid.  He is funny and smart and charming and helpful and I love him beyond words. He is amazing and every day I feel blessed and honored to get to live with a person who I truly feel is one of the best people I have ever known. I’m a lucky mom. Now, despite the fact I have a great teen who makes me proud on a daily basis, at times he can be a pain in the ass. Just normal teenage stuff, the moodiness, snarking on one of his younger siblings, forgetting to take the garbage out unless I remind him a few times. Writing this, I’m the first to admit that I do not understand the reality of living with a “mentally challenged” teen. I’m not Adam Lanza‘s mother, not even close by a million miles. I have sympathy for parents who are dealing with teenagers that have huge problems, but I still can’t understand doing something like this. I could never be driven to a point where I could understand handcuffing my kid to a pole in the basement, no matter how “bad” they were. 

From Kansas City.com:

A Clay County judge will allow a 17-year-old boy who was found handcuffed to a basement pole earlier this week to remain with a foster family.

Police found the mentally challenged teen on top of several blankets Monday inside the basement of his Kansas City, North, residence.

Police officers visited the teen’s Northland townhome Monday afternoon to check on him after someone suspecting abuse called the Missouri Children’s Division.

The teen’s stepmother answered the door and told police she would go downstairs to wake him. Police asked her to stay upstairs while they checked on the teen.

The officers found him curled in a fetal position on the concrete floor. He was placed in protective custody.

Gremli described the teen as “generally healthy, but thin,” weighing between 103 and 107 pounds.

WTF WTF WTF WTF. Stories like these make me crazy. I can’t think of any situation that would make a parent resort to doing this. I think of the worst circumstances, like if my own teen started eating live kittens or something, and at that point I would just call the cops, not lock them up like some animal on a cold basement floor.
The teen is now in a foster home where he is reported to be happy. Before the hearing to determine if he would be allowed to remain in the foster home he was reported to joke that he had been making homemade pizza with his foster family the night before, and after the hearing he would “eat the rest of the pizza when he returned to their home.”
Aw, sweet guy, as far as I’m concerned, you should get all the pizza, all the time.

(Photo:  Geri Lynn Smith/Shutterstock)

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