There are no words to describe how gruesome and disturbing this story is -- whether you're the mom of a teen or just a human being who possesses a healthy amount of anxiety about today's youth. Two young teenage boys -- we're talking 13 and 14 years of age -- were arrested this week after allegedly attacking one of their mothers with a sword, stabbing her, and then holding what must have seemed like a rational discussion to them at the time about eating her liver. The boys, whose names haven't been released because of their ages, left mom sprawled out on her bed bleeding to death beside two knives and a sword with a bent handle.
And the story doesn't end there.
They fled the scene in an SUV that belonged to the other teen's dad and proceeded to take a wild ride through the streets of Spokane, Washington. They crashed the car into the side of a trailer home, broke into a different home to hide, and -- because all this isn't enough crazy for one day -- somehow found hammers that they chucked at the windows, doors, and walls of the house, raking up $2,000 in damages.
A police dog was able to track down the boys. They are currently in juvenile detention facing second degree assault charges, as well as charges for taking a motor vehicle without possession, hit-and-run, burglary, and malicious mischief. The teen's mom, thankfully, is in the hospital in stable condition.
Before you say, yep, lock them up and throw away the key -- two fewer delinquents on the street is good news for my family (thoughts that, trust me, ran through my mind) -- it isn't such a black and white situation. The boys were under the influence of something one teen called "blue pills." The son claims he would have never hurt his mother or committed these other actions while sober and I believe him. It's unclear what blue pills are that he's talking about. Bath salts? Some other type of amphetamine, maybe? And just as a side note: what the hell is going on that he doesn't even know what he's ingesting? But the absolutely off-the-wall and psychotic deeds these two boys committed sound like the actions performed by someone who is delusional -- maybe even hallucinating.
I'm not excusing the boys' behavior and I do believe they should have known better, but I feel that at such a young age, they would benefit more from counseling and drug rehabilitation than from a long stint in juvie. Get these children serious psychiatric help and make them pay back every cent in damages that they owe, but don't use prison as a final solution.
What do you want to see happen to these young teens who performed ghastly crimes while under the influence of drugs?
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