Student Allegedly Killed His Mom Over His Bad Grades

An Alabama mom is dead, after a confrontation with her college-age son over his grades escalated into a physical altercation that cost her her life. Tyler Ryan Blansit, 22, admitted to killing his mother, Sherry Ann Blansit, 45, with a strike to her head.


It's unknown whether Tyler intended to kill her, but the amount of force he used to hit her caused enough blunt-force trauma to end her life. He is currently being held in a county jail without bond, and multiple news outlets have reported that the woman was found dead in her backyard.

Blansit told police that they had been arguing over his grades when he struck her. According to a University of Alabama-Birmingham directory, he was studying biology, but a university spokesman couldn't do anything more than confirm that he's a student.

It's the first murder to be reported in years in the tiny town of Mentone. With a population of only 400, it sits about 75 miles east of Huntsville. Mentone police Chief Brad Gegg said, "I can't find anybody that remembers there being a murder in the city ... It's a small town, I think everybody knows everybody, and it was -- I guess -- kind of hard to swallow. But I think everything will be OK."

Well, not OK for Sherry, obviously, and certainly not for Tyler. Whether it was manslaughter or murder, he admitted to killing his mom. That's not something a person just gets over, psychologically, emotionally, or legally.

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DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a statement, "Usually we'll have calls where a parent has whipped a child because of grades, a child has run away because of bad grades, but we've never had anything like this happen ... It's just one of those things you can't explain; we'll never be able to explain what went through his mind, why he snapped and did this."

Whatever the reason, it's absolutely heartbreaking and mind boggling. No one wants to admit their bad grades to their parents, but resorting to violence isn't going to make anything better. Blansit should have hit the books instead of his mom.

What's the worst fight you've ever gotten into with your parents?


Image via DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

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