Actually it's our young MEN
by TONI H - 12/17/12 7:50 AM
In Reply to: How 'bout we do both? by Josh K
who have become more violent between the ages of 16 and 24 for some reason. There doesn't seem to be enough male role models for them anymore in their lives, and when, for the most part, the dominate authority figure in their lives is a woman, I have to wonder how much these young men actually respect them and that authority or the lack of it because now the mother is essentially absent as well due to financial reasons. I hate stereo-typing here, but young women seem to adapt to having both parents gone on a regular basis for whatever reasons and take over 'household chores' such as vacuuming, dishes, making dinner, etc. without much thought to it. What's left for the young men? Mowing the yard, taking out the trash, and maybe shoveling snow? Left with too much time to their own devices and 'busy mind- prevents idle hands' out of the picture for them, I'm afraid is much of the problem. More single mothers need to seek help regarding mentors for male children who can help steer them in acceptable directions.......and because young men will talk easier to older males, perhaps a mentor would spot problems sooner than the mother would.
In the case of this young man, it seems strange to me that both older males in his life left this disturbed man to the sole responsibility of the mother and literally walked out of his life for at least the last two years, all the while knowing he had a 'personality problem', couldn't do well in a regular school enough that the mother home schooled him so he obviously had social skill issues, and also knowing the mother had all those weapons available and within easy reach. I will never understand the mother's thinking it was a good idea to take that kid to a shooting range and teach him how........
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