Teen Accused of Killing Dad to Save His Mom’s Life

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gunOn an ordinary day, I have no sympathy for someone who takes a life in cold blood. But when you have a teen boy accused of killing his own father, you can bet there will be extenuating circumstances. And in the case of Christopher and Jill Thorpe's son, Channing Thorpe, the circumstances are particularly heartbreaking.

Cops in Plant City say Christopher Thorpe had been fighting with his wife in the living room of their mobile home. Then the fight moved into the bedroom, and Christopher allegedly wrapped his hands around Jill's neck, choking the life out of his wife. Shooting his father, cops say, was the boy's way of protecting his mother.

Put yourself in that situation for a moment. You have both of your parents in front of you, and you know you could lose one of them. What do you do? Sitting comfy in front of a computer screen, can you even come up with an answer? I don't know that I can.

But this poor 17-year-old wasn't pondering a hypothetical. He was just a kid facing this in real life, and he did what he thought was right. He allegedly shot his own father to save his mother's life.

It sounds like he made the right choice. His mom is safe. The district attorney is reviewing the case but so far hasn't issued charges. Even Christopher Thorpe's sister has restrained from criticizing her nephew.

And thank goodness: he's going to need a lot of support from here on out. You don't suddenly get over killing someone, least of all your father. Whether you were in the right or not doesn't change that someone is dead, and you have blood on your hands.

The situation in the Thorpe household drives home why I have always said that sometimes people should separate FOR their kids. No kid should be put in this sort of situation because of their parents' bad relationship. No kid should have to choose between the life of their mother or their father.

Do you feel for Channing Thorpe? What do you think cops should do with the teenager?


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Flori... Floridamom96

Since you seem not to understand the difference, this young man did not take a life "in cold blood".

power... powertothekids

hmmm he dident HAVE to kill him he could have just shot his arm or something so i think maybe community sevice and a counceler[noi dont think he is crazy but he might need some therepy]

Pinkmani Pinkmani

I say let him go and send him to therapy. He has his whole life ahead of him and he was just trying to save his mom. 

jalaz77 jalaz77

So sad. I am glad the mom and boy are ok but that mom should feel some guilt putting her son in that position. It probably wasn't the first time...and there were people gathered outside...kid should of never been put in that spot. I hope he gets some help : (

Flori... Floridamom96

Powertothekids, have you ever shot a gun?

eetfbf eetfbf

I feel for the young man.He is never going have a normal life again even though it sound like he didn't anyway.

MomOf... MomOf2AndAZoo

I think it's kind of disturbing how the linked article makes the husband sound like such a great guy, even though he was shot for choking his wife. Way to make the kid sound horrible. I hope he gets the help he needs to try and get through this.

4cadi... 4cadillac

Gosh wat a sad incident. I really hope mother & son get the therapy they need. If that would have been me I would have reacted in that same manner.

CPN322 CPN322

My mother is my world. She is the reason I am alive and also the reason I am still living. I can without a doubt say that if my father(step, but raised me since I was 2) ever lost his mind and tried to choke my mother, if I had a gun, I would shoot him. If I had a knife, I would stab him. I would protect my mother any way that I could. I'd probably try to make the wounds non fatal though but thats probably not easy to do when thats going on. To answer the question, I do feel for him, of course and feel that he needs counseling, not jail. He was defending someone who couldn't defend themself.

Amber Boomhower

There must have been other factors, maybe prolonged abuse or something, to where he would have shot his dad to kill him. At 17, you know the areas to shoot someone to kill them. This poor family needs some therapy and alot of support. Kudos to the boy, he could have lost both of his parents or his own life if his father was this abusive. I'm proud of him for doing the bigger thing and stepping up for his mom. Is it a little excessive force? Probably. Like I said before though, all the circumstances leading up to this play a part as well.

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