In a tragic story out of Florida, Julie Powers Schenecker, 50, shot and killed her two teenage children for being "mouthy." She shot her 13-year-old son, Beau, on the way to his soccer practice, then went back to her house and shot her 16-year-old daughter, Calyx.
In a note she wrote about why she planned to kill them, saying "they talked back and were mouthy and that she was going to take care of it."
Kinda makes Tiger Mom look a pussy cat, huh?
I am admittedly terrified to raise teenagers, primarily because I believe in karma, and some choices I made back then have pretty much screwed me. And as trying as I'm finding the terrible 2s, I'm pretty well prepared to look back on it as a trip to Disney World compared to what's coming during the teenage years. But still, this is much more than a case of tough love going too tough.
Clearly this woman was in a deep dark place, likely mentally ill. Her mother, who alerted police when she couldn't reach her daughter, said she was "depressed and had been complaining about her children."
Her husband, Parker Schenecker, is a U.S. Army intelligence officer, and he was in Qatar at the time of the shootings. I can only imagine his devastation when he received the call that his children had been killed by his wife.
I also can imagine how difficult it is to have your spouse overseas while you're trying to raise children alone. My husband travels quite a bit, and it's hard, really hard, those weeks when I'm doing it all on my own. Add to that worries about your husband's safety and some unruly teenagers, and I'm sure life wasn't easy. But nothing is hard enough for what she did, and there's no excuse -- just sheer and utter sadness for such a horrific situation.
Condolences to their friends and family.
Do you fear the teenage years? If you're raising teenagers is it more difficult or easier than when they were younger?
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