I’m sure that by now we have all heard about the case of Ethan Couch the teen who is getting away with murder by pleading that he isn’t at fault because he has affluenza. If you haven’t heard the story then you can read here. Affluenza is the guilt or lack of motivation experienced by people who have made or inherited large amounts of money. That’s the excuse his defense team is using to explain why he took the lives of 4 people after getting drunk and deciding to drive 30 miles over the speed limit. This makes me so angry!
Here my husband and I are trying to teach our children just like many other parents that their actions like ours have consequences. Then you got psychiatrists finding ways to put it back on the parents for their children committing crimes. I mean who knows their may be some truth to the fact that is parents didn’t raise him right because they have criminal records themselves but to me that still doesn’t justify what he did. Kids start learning about drinking and driving pretty much from kindergarten so there was no reason for him to be drinking at all. Especially since he is underage. I gotta tell you the fact that the judge even accepted this as a defense just turns my stomach. I personally don’t think this kid will learn anything from this entire situation besides to try not to get caught next time. The child from what I understand wasn’t even living with his parents. He was living in a separate house on the property. How are kids going to learn anything about right from wrong when you have stupid cases like this out in the world.
Well I know one thing.The Husband and I have drilled right and wrong into our children’s head from the time they were born. My kids can try all they want if they want to but we know that we have taught them right and wrong. Our job isn’t done yet and may never be done because even when they are adults that we will have much to teach them but if they were to ever end up in jail they will not be using affluenza as a defense. I know for a fact that we are doing the best that we can as their parents. We already teaching them that their decisions are their own and they will either get a positive or negative response because of their decisions but they will have to own up to them. They will not be hiding behind us though.
What did you think of the affluenza defense?