Brandon is a member of my family. I knew Richie well. This was a tragidy. If anyone is to blame it is the school system who would not take the time to deal with him, the mental health sytem who threw medications at him (antipsychotics, siezure medicines...anything that was popular at that moment) since he was 5 or 6 years old. The juvenille justice system locked him up without trying to find out what was causing his problems and introduced him to hardcore criminal behavior that he had to learn to live with. Doctors and counselors who are under funded, understaffed and undereducated to deal with a child with his problems are to blame also. Regardless of what ANYONE might say, thank God daily that you do not have to try to help or get help for a family member who has serious mental health problems without money to hire the best doctors.
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#21 May 2, 2008
Read this post and you see the problem. The problem is people having children who don't have the background to know how to raise a child. We see it every day. Girls getting pregenant in the 7th and 8th grade. Giving birth and treating the child like a puppy. They don't know any better! They never experienced any discipline and don't know how to properly discipline anyone. The child grows with out any guidance and learns everything from his/her peers. His peers don't know anything but instant gratification, so when he/she doesn't get what he wants he strikes out. He/she doesn't have any internal discipline so he/she doesn't know the difference between cussin and killin. You want to solve this problem, then require any pregnant girl who is unmarried and under the age of 18 to go to a group home and be taught how to raise an illegitimate child. This is the hardest job in the world and believe it or not, we are allowing the very least capable people in our society to have children without having any responsibility. Furthermore, fathers of these illegitimate children should be identified by law and forced to pay child support. If they aren't working they should be placed in a WPA program and provided a job at minimum wage and forced to accept their responsibility. If you penalize the children and the parent (if one can be located), if people have to accept responsibility then these problems will begin to subside. If you just throw up your hands and expect things to change then you are a fool!
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