That fabled mama bear instinct is real. You know the one: Mess with a mother's child and prepare to have your ass handed to you. In the most recent example, a Missouri woman was found guilty of beating her son's drug dealer with a baseball bat. Crazy, right?
Sherrie Gavan did everything she possibly could to keep her heroin-addicted son from getting his next fix. She slept next to him as he went through withdrawal, put him in a different school, and even made him go to work with her. He just couldn't stay clean. Her last hope? Cutting off his drug source and the person she deemed responsible for her family hell. She hunted down his drug dealer and beat the crap out of him.
Convicted at trial, she now faces a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Seriously? If anyone deserves a get out of jail free card, it’s this mom. Yes, she committed a crime, but this is what I would call extenuating circumstances. She was actually doing a public service as far as I’m concerned. I don't know any mother who wouldn't at least think about doing the exact same thing. It's a natural instinct -- to protect and, in some extreme circumstances, punish those who've harmed your child.
I can't help but feel sorry for her. It was brave to do what she did. Confronting a drug dealer certainly couldn't have been the safest option. But I understand the need to act, to feel as though you are helping your kid in a significant way, especially when everything else you've done seemed to have failed. And though her future is uncertain, she doesn't appear to have any regrets. The most important thing to her is that her son is now clean.
Do you think this mom was wrong for beating up her son's dealer?
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