Wednesday, September 12, 2012

...unjust acts from a parent...

Mac came into my office and shared how he hit his father the previous evening in response to a wife-beating incident. 

The father, he related, chased him upstairs carrying a bread knife, 
Mac hit him with a hammer which quickly finished that family fracas.
He related how bad the atmosphere had been since then. 
''I hate his f, guts," he said repeatedly. 

Mac is currently in a Young Offenders Prison, 
convicted of various crimes including acts of violence. 

He illustrates a point made by a physiologist::

'Severe punitive inconsistent 
and unjust acts from parent to child 
can result in a young person turning outwards 
to vent their anger on members of their community 
including acts of vandalism.'