As you are reading the news papers and watching the news and CNN, you learn that there are children who kill their parents. You may be sitting there wondering why would a child kill his or her parents. You may be asking yourself “What is going on in this child mind that has caused them to act in such a way? Did his or her parents abuse them? Are they acting out for their friends?”
The first thing you want to know is, why do kids kill their parents. Well according to USA Today, there is an article from 2008 titled: “Experts: Abuse often behind kids killing parents” (Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Writer). More than likely abuse could possibly be the number one reason of this kind of thing happening. The main question now is “why?” Child psychologists say that many factors could cause a child to kill a parent, the most common in other cases has been severe abuse. "These are head-scratchers, especially when you have young people," said defense attorney Paul Mones, who has represented children accused of killing their parents and written a book called "When a Child Kills." He said that when it does happen, the overwhelming majority do so for one of a handful of reasons -- mental health issues within the family, or physical, emotional or sexual abuse in the home (Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Writer).
Now in most cases when a child has mental issues, some parents don’t know how to care for them correctly and that could cause the child to act violently. If a child is sexually abused and you, the parent is the one who is sexually abusing your child, he or she will not love you because they are afraid of you and want you to stop. The only way they could possibly think you will stop is if you were dead or seriously injured. They may not even realize what they are doing when they take that knife or that gun and stab or shoot you. It’s out of fright and anger that caused them to do so.
"Many of these kids who commit homicides suffer from some level of traumatic stress disorder," Mones said. "They're living in an environment that is oftentimes extremely dysfunctional, oftentimes violent." In Ohio, for instance, a 13-year-old boy told a judge in a 2000 case in Cleveland that he shot his father with a revolver in self-defense because of years of abuse that included beatings with hangers and mop handles (Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Writer).
Using items such as hangers and mop handles can leave marks and is abuse, not discipline. Discipline is punishment (no television, no outside, no video games, no computer, no company, etc.) or a whooping using a belt. At times using a belt is abuse if the parent is mad about something because they could easily take all of their anger out on the child and forget what they are doing. Sometimes parents don’t realize what they are doing and regret doing so. But then there are those who just do not care or have remorse for what they did and the child feels the same way when they want to retaliate.
Have you ever thought about killing your mom or dad because you were being disciplined? No because you knew better and you were not abused. These children who kill their mom and dad’s are abused in some way, shape or form. The only thing they can do to stop the abuse is to get rid of their parents. Another question you may ask yourself is, Why don’t these children tell someone that they are being abused? If it were that simple, there would be so many more children alive today. There are many cases where abused children are found dead or where there are children act out the way they do in school. Do these abused children speak up about what they did to receive such abuse? Do they tell what happened to their parents when they are dead? “Heide has interviewed more than 150 children who either killed someone or tried to and consulted on hundreds more cases. As an internationally recognized authority on the topic, she is frequently summoned by attorneys as an expert witness in court to...
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