​Boy Who Stowed Away on Airplane Just Really Missed His Mom (VIDEO)

teen stowaway A 15-year-old Somali boy became a stowaway last week when he decided to hop a fence at San Jose International Airport and hide out in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound plane. Like many teens, the boy acted impulsively in an attempt to rebel against circumstances he was frustrated by ... But what's heartbreaking is that all he really wanted to do was see his mother.

The boy, who immigrated to California four years ago with his father after fleeing their home country due to war conditions, had been "struggling adjusting to life in this country," according to his father, Abdulahi Yusuf. But those around the family note that being separated from his mother was also taking a toll. Talha Nooh from the Muslim Community Assocation, where the boy's family were members, told the AP, "This whole thing should be looked at in the context of a teen who is emotionally attached to his mom and grandparents."

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And a friend from California confirmed, "Every day he was telling me: 'I miss Somalia, I miss my mom.' He just wanted to see his mom." Ugh.

His mom, Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi, told the Voice of America radio that her son had recently learned that she was alive after being told by his father she had died. She says her ex-husband took their three children to California without her knowledge, and she hasn't heard from them since 2006.

So sad ... Though it's heartening to hear that the boy is in good condition despite the stowaway fiasco, what a terribly difficult situation for all involved.

While there are sure to be various perspectives on what's happened here, it seems as though it serves as a reminder that all teens want to feel close and connected to their parents, even when it seems like the very last thing on their minds. And in turn, it shouldn't surprise us when they act out (perhaps not as extreme as this, but still) in ways that are only meant to get their parents' attention, love, and affection. All too often, we forget that while they may be older and expected to act in a more independent way, teens are very much still kids.

While the boy is to be reunited with his father and will return to California, here's hoping that he ultimately is also able to see his mother. It really does seem like he won't stop trying until he does.

What great lengths has your teen -- or others you know -- gone to in order to show their affection for a parent?


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