Why did a 74-year-old grandmother sho...

Why did a 74-year-old grandmother shoot and kill her teenage...

There are 13 comments on the Daily Mail story from May 19, 2012, titled Why did a 74-year-old grandmother shoot and kill her teenage.... In it, Daily Mail reports that:

West Bloomfield police are investigating the circumstances that led to the slaying, which took place on Friday night in a posh, gated condo complex near Halsted and Maple roads.

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Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#1 May 19, 2012
Just terrible.

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#2 May 19, 2012
Sad. The stress of raising a teenager is hard enough on young parents, but aged grandparents can be overwhelmed. A domestic dispute would be physically and emotionally unbalanced by the age difference where teens thrive on disruption and elders reach a breaking point. Add to that the fact one side of the age difference has little to lose in consequences time wise and it's a powder keg.

Not saying the teen was rebellious or justifying the shooting, but the article says there was a disagreement. The teen was shot in the yard rather than the house, which would suggest whatever happened in the home had spilled over into a "Get Out" or an "I don't have to stay" situation.

Tragic.

“Bagging groceries....”

Since: Mar 12

is child's play :)

#3 May 19, 2012
The headlines for this is a bit misleading because it states that "grandmother shot grandson dead on lawn" and yet the article says the the child died in the hospital and doesn't even mention where the child was shot.

It's also interesting to note that the grandmother was also hospitalized but they don't mention for what reason, but state that she can't be questioned until she is able to be released from the hospital.

You have to wonder what took place that day, was there an altercation that forced this grandmother to defend herself in a manner that she might not have otherwise taken? Was she hospitalized due to physical injuries resulting from that altercation?
Or is her hospitalization due simply to shock from the realization of what she has done?

So many unanswered question. But the bottom line is that a tragedy took place. A life is lost and an elderly woman is about to be placed under arrest, not to mention her husband who was not home at the time sits alone wondering what the heck happened while he was gone.
Parden pard

Northampton, PA

#4 May 20, 2012
What a stupid kid,,He should've eaten his peas,,,,say

Since: Oct 08

United States

#5 May 20, 2012
The parents should have known better than to leave an elderly couple in charge of a teenager. Such a tragedy for the entire family.

“Southern Pride”

Since: Feb 11

American right to fly it

#6 May 20, 2012
off the trail wrote:
Sad. The stress of raising a teenager is hard enough on young parents, but aged grandparents can be overwhelmed. A domestic dispute would be physically and emotionally unbalanced by the age difference where teens thrive on disruption and elders reach a breaking point. Add to that the fact one side of the age difference has little to lose in consequences time wise and it's a powder keg.
Not saying the teen was rebellious or justifying the shooting, but the article says there was a disagreement. The teen was shot in the yard rather than the house, which would suggest whatever happened in the home had spilled over into a "Get Out" or an "I don't have to stay" situation.
Tragic.
I was going to say about the same. Now a days you find more parents dumping their kids on elderly grandparent. The article said the teen was just staying there to finish his education yet the 15 year old daughter didn't.
Grandparents shouldn't have to raise their grandkids.
Very sad story.

“Bagging groceries....”

Since: Mar 12

is child's play :)

#7 May 20, 2012
Fish_sticks wrote:
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I was going to say about the same. Now a days you find more parents dumping their kids on elderly grandparent. The article said the teen was just staying there to finish his education yet the 15 year old daughter didn't.
Grandparents shouldn't have to raise their grandkids.
Very sad story.
The story also said that the law had been called in March because of a dispute between the boy and the grandparents. This in and of itself makes you question the parents. If the child had become so disrespectful to the grandparents that the law had to be called, wasn't it time then to pull him out of their home and resume their parenting responsibilities? I can't imagine that where ever they moved he could not have finished his education, unless he was suspended from school in that particular district, thus the reason he was at his grandparents to begin with.

“Southern Pride”

Since: Feb 11

American right to fly it

#8 May 20, 2012
karmalyzed wrote:
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The story also said that the law had been called in March because of a dispute between the boy and the grandparents. This in and of itself makes you question the parents. If the child had become so disrespectful to the grandparents that the law had to be called, wasn't it time then to pull him out of their home and resume their parenting responsibilities? I can't imagine that where ever they moved he could not have finished his education, unless he was suspended from school in that particular district, thus the reason he was at his grandparents to begin with.
We see a lot of this in my town. Many grandparents are stuck raising their kids children, very sad.

I agree with your post.

“Bagging groceries....”

Since: Mar 12

is child's play :)

#9 May 20, 2012
Fish_sticks wrote:
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We see a lot of this in my town. Many grandparents are stuck raising their kids children, very sad.
I agree with your post.
You are correct, we see it a lot around here as well. Seems today's society it has become all to acceptable. Kids today don't realize that that the child they bore was God's way of letting them know that He had something better for them to do... it was called PARENTING!
Mehtt Romney

Philadelphia, PA

#11 May 20, 2012
As defense attorney I will be invoking West Bloomfield's Stand Your Gramps law.
jrs486

Grand Blanc, MI

#12 May 22, 2012
Fish_sticks wrote:
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I was going to say about the same. Now a days you find more parents dumping their kids on elderly grandparent. The article said the teen was just staying there to finish his education yet the 15 year old daughter didn't.
Grandparents shouldn't have to raise their grandkids.
Very sad story.
In response to others as well, this isn't always the case. I was raised by my grandparents. They did it because they wanted to, not because my parents didn't want to or couldn't. I had a choice. I begged since I was little to live with them and once I hit middle school they finally let me. Some grandparents raising their grandchildren are a result of a stronger bond as in my case.

I still think this situation is messed up though. Clearly if there was a problem months ago it should have been taken care of. And what possessed the grandmother to pull a gun on him anyway? It seems as if he was defenseless in this case, but who knows? Maybe he made threats and it was in self defense. She could lie about it, but only she will ever know. At least she admitted to doing it. Either way this is a sad story. Unfortunate that two lives are ultimately lost and a family with questions unanswered and heart's broken.
light_oiled_fish stick

Belleville, IL

#13 Dec 27, 2014
off the trail wrote:
Sad. The stress of raising a teenager is hard enough on young parents, but aged grandparents can be overwhelmed. A domestic dispute would be physically and emotionally unbalanced by the age difference where teens thrive on disruption and elders reach a breaking point. Add to that the fact one side of the age difference has little to lose in consequences time wise and it's a powder keg.
Not saying the teen was rebellious or justifying the shooting, but the article says there was a disagreement. The teen was shot in the yard rather than the house, which would suggest whatever happened in the home had spilled over into a "Get Out" or an "I don't have to stay" situation.
Tragic.
I say awesome, kill more, the more you kill the less there is, and the less people in front of me in line at places, death of others is a great thing

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#14 Dec 27, 2014
Parden pard wrote:
What a stupid kid,,He should've eaten his peas,,,,say
You know, sometimes.........never mind.

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