Before you get it twisted like trending headline for this story, this mother did not stab her son for eating pork chops. She didn’t even stab him. She threw a knife at him and it nicked his finger. No it wasn’t the right thing to do in this situation, but the kid is going to live, he can still do homework; and if the state doesn’t stop his mother from continuing to put her foot up his ass, he might actually be a productive member of society.
Raising teenagers is one of the hardest jobs on earth. I don’t know a single mother who hasn’t at some point during their child’s teen years stopped and pondered whether or not they should have swallowed. And Yolanda Veasley has clearly, by looking at her mugshot, pulled her out over the 15 year old living in her home. After reading the story you will see that she didn’t start throwing knives at the discovery of the missing pork chops, but did so after catching her son in a lie, confronting him over the lie, and then being physically pushed down. That’s enough to make any woman forget that she is a mother for a minute. Let’s not forget that some 15 year old boys are bigger and stronger than they used to make them 30 years ago. But leave it to the state of Ohio to send a mixed message by arresting his mother on felony charges for the fight, but ignoring the child’s behavior and not pressing charges again him, instead making him the victim. Bad form Ohio. The best solution? Create a family plan through the Department of Social Services and provide this family with the counseling and help that they need. This might mean that DSS has to take a break from snatching children out of their homes in order to actually go into the homes to work on the problem, but hey, every program has room for improvement.
The media has done a crappy job of telling this story, but I’m hoping they keep squawking about it because I’d really be interested to find out how things turn out for this family.
You can read the story here.