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(ABC Local)   Teenager gets pulled out of school in the 8th grade and spends the next 4 years locked in his room, for his 18th birthday he gets a bus ticket to LA and a list of homeless shelters with the parting words "you're a man now and don't come back"   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 218
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2012-09-21 01:42:24 AM
Four years? So the lucky bastard has never heard of Sarah Palin...
 
2012-09-21 01:46:47 AM
This is the second story this evening that hurt my heart and made me wish I were Queen so I could lop the heads off some assholes.
 
2012-09-21 01:48:14 AM
Is this the backstory for a character in a new Stephen King novel?
 
2012-09-21 02:09:12 AM
What the actual fark.
 
2012-09-21 02:19:20 AM
Go kiss your boy on his face and tell him you love him. Seriously. Even if he IS 15 and all moody. He still needs it. Makes him a better man later.

To make your daughter a better woman later, go kiss her on her...wait. What? WTF? WTF was about to get typed there? I read FARK a lot. I know what you're thinking was going there.

Oh, shiat.

/Having a preemptive seat over --->
 
2012-09-21 02:23:01 AM
Wow, there's just know words....
:(
 
2012-09-21 02:25:20 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Wow, there's just know words....
:(


Er, no words ( now I'm gonna try and forget this story)
 
2012-09-21 02:36:23 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Wow, there's just know words....
:(


This. I'm actually speechless.

"The sisters that were inside the house apparently didn't even know what color hair this kid had because they hadn't seen him in a couple years because he'd been locked in that bedroom for several years," said Smith.

What. The. Fark?
 
2012-09-21 02:41:41 AM
What a reasonable family.
 
2012-09-21 03:24:06 AM
Well I guess they weren't full of hyperbole.

On another note, the punishment should fit the crime by a factor of 10.
 
2012-09-21 03:34:25 AM

miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: Wow, there's just know words....
:(

This. I'm actually speechless.

"The sisters that were inside the house apparently didn't even know what color hair this kid had because they hadn't seen him in a couple years because he'd been locked in that bedroom for several years," said Smith.

What. The. Fark?


It's a truly farked up story.

FTFA:"He weighed 97 pounds, he's 5 foot 3. The LAPD officer said that his skin was translucent, that he was obviously malnourished," said Georgia's Paulding County District Attorney Dick Donovan.
 
2012-09-21 04:25:01 AM
C'mon Karma dont let this kid down...he deserves a life-long payback for his treatment thus far.
 
2012-09-21 04:28:58 AM
And the dad thought he somehow was going to get away with this? Also if he did drive the son to Mississippi to get on the bus, this may turn into an interstate issue and thus a federal issue.
 
2012-09-21 04:38:22 AM
That's not very bootstrappy.
 
2012-09-21 04:45:34 AM
Depends on what the kid did to get thrown out of school. Maybe he deserved it.
 
2012-09-21 04:45:51 AM

WhyteRaven74: And the dad thought he somehow was going to get away with this?


Not dad. Stepfather.

"The sisters that were inside the house apparently didn't even know what color hair this kid had because they hadn't seen him in a couple years because he'd been locked in that bedroom for several years," said Smith.

Who wants to bet he was a redheaded stepson ?
 
2012-09-21 04:46:38 AM
put on 9 more lbs and you're at normal BMI

go government for telling us what we need to weigh (normal weight is like 20 lbs lower than what you should probably weigh)
 
2012-09-21 04:48:34 AM
Libertarian parents were just making their bootstrappy kid stronger!
 
2012-09-21 04:48:50 AM

dready zim: Depends on what the kid did to get thrown out of school. Maybe he deserved it.


They see me trollin, they hatin'
 
2012-09-21 04:49:00 AM

dready zim: Depends on what the kid did to get thrown out of school. Maybe he deserved it.


Never breed.
 
2012-09-21 04:52:12 AM

padraig: Not dad. Stepfather.


yeah I messed that up
 
2012-09-21 04:52:30 AM
Well, I wondered how [[POLITICAL PARTY I DISAGREE WITH]] recruited their members!!!

Seriously though, this is tragic. I hope he gets the support he needs to adjust to society, but I can't imagine what service is set up to help in this situation.
 
2012-09-21 04:54:07 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: put on 9 more lbs and you're at normal BMI

go government for telling us what we need to weigh (normal weight is like 20 lbs lower than what you should probably weigh)


When one is that malnourished, 9 pounds probably makes one helluva difference though. When I was that height, I was probably around 105, and kinda skinny... this kid must have been skin and bones.
 
2012-09-21 04:56:09 AM

Fark Me To Tears: Is this the backstory for a character in a new Stephen King novel?


More Chuck Palahniuk if you ask me.
 
2012-09-21 04:57:26 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: put on 9 more lbs and you're at normal BMI

go government for telling us what we need to weigh (normal weight is like 20 lbs lower than what you should probably weigh)


How delightfully relevant.
 
2012-09-21 04:57:37 AM

cyberspacedout: Jon iz teh kewl: put on 9 more lbs and you're at normal BMI

go government for telling us what we need to weigh (normal weight is like 20 lbs lower than what you should probably weigh)

When one is that malnourished, 9 pounds probably makes one helluva difference though. When I was that height, I was probably around 105, and kinda skinny... this kid must have been skin and bones.


And not much skin from the sound of it.
 
2012-09-21 04:59:05 AM
And way to go authorities. Just what he wants is to be flown back "home."
 
2012-09-21 05:00:47 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: tinfoil-hat maggie: Wow, there's just know words....
:(

Er, no words ( now I'm gonna try and forget this story)


Maybe not, but there is a song...
 
2012-09-21 05:02:13 AM
My wife has worked in child protective services for years. She's told me a few stories about things like this happening. The sad thing is that schools rarely report the serious stuff like this. They do however get teachers picking on poor parents whose kids are supposedly neglected because they have to walk to school. She had to attend the interrogation of a methhead father who killed his newborn son, but was interrupted because a middle school teacher called her to tattle on a mother who sent her kid to school wearing the same clothes he'd been worn three days earlier.

I'm betting the school was happy to have one less underachieving kid on their books and did absolutely nothing in terms of following child welfare protocols.
 
2012-09-21 05:02:53 AM

cyberspacedout: Jon iz teh kewl: put on 9 more lbs and you're at normal BMI

go government for telling us what we need to weigh (normal weight is like 20 lbs lower than what you should probably weigh)

When one is that malnourished, 9 pounds probably makes one helluva difference though. When I was that height, I was probably around 105, and kinda skinny... this kid must have been skin and bones.


Seriously. I'm mean, I'm 5-foot-four-and-a-half and weigh 114, and there I times that I worry I should be putting ON weight.
 
2012-09-21 05:03:21 AM

Shadowtag: cyberspacedout: Jon iz teh kewl: put on 9 more lbs and you're at normal BMI

go government for telling us what we need to weigh (normal weight is like 20 lbs lower than what you should probably weigh)

When one is that malnourished, 9 pounds probably makes one helluva difference though. When I was that height, I was probably around 105, and kinda skinny... this kid must have been skin and bones.

And not much skin from the sound of it.


Exactly. And this boy wasn't just physically starved, but emotionally too. The former can be taken care of by ensuring he has proper nutrition and medical care for any physical problems ensuing from not being fed properly for so long. The emotional/psychological problems from being locked away for 4 years will take a long, long time to cure, if at all. This kid may end up being too psychologically damaged to function properly for the rest of his life.
 
2012-09-21 05:04:27 AM
How in the hell does something like this even start to seem like a good idea? Where's the "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" pic?
 
2012-09-21 05:05:49 AM
I love how the parents thought that shipping him off to the other side of the country would wash their hands of him.

Oops!

Enjoy your years in prison, assholes. And hopefully the state will bankrupt them to provide the care the kid is going to need.
 
2012-09-21 05:07:17 AM

intelligent comment below: Libertarian parents were just making their bootstrappy kid stronger!


Libertarian is a political ideology, not a recipe for child neglect and abuse. Ron Paul is libertarian, but has worked as an obstetrician for the health and safety of women and children, and raised a son who became a US senator.

If the story is credible, this is primarily a moral issue. I know all the big government types (Democrats and Republicans especially) want to legislate morality, but seriously, do you really need laws about this? Rather than trusting the government, who clearly failed this child, how about if we support communities of neighbors who know each other and support and care for each other. Not a bloated, nameless, faceless, government bureaucracy, just common sense and compassion. Libertarians are not the problem here, but may well be the solution
 
2012-09-21 05:07:31 AM
after being arrested at their home in Dallas, an upscale Georgia suburb
 
2012-09-21 05:09:10 AM

BoxOfBees: Rather than trusting the government, who clearly failed this child


I can't tell if you're trolling or just stupid. Either way, I won't have to deal with it anymore.
 
2012-09-21 05:12:57 AM
Were there no grandparents, or ANY other relatives, that wondered where the fark he was this whole time? No friends wondering why they couldn't see him anymore? This is so damn sad. Poor guy.
 
2012-09-21 05:13:28 AM
More detailed article

The father: Steven Tyler
media.cmgdigital.com
 
2012-09-21 05:14:31 AM

Peepeye: Were there no grandparents, or ANY other relatives, that wondered where the fark he was this whole time? No friends wondering why they couldn't see him anymore? This is so damn sad. Poor guy.


I'm guessing they told any family that might have asked that he long ago ran away. I also suspect that there will be sexual abuse that comes to light on this one as well sad as that is.
 
2012-09-21 05:21:04 AM

amindofiron: Peepeye: Were there no grandparents, or ANY other relatives, that wondered where the fark he was this whole time? No friends wondering why they couldn't see him anymore? This is so damn sad. Poor guy.

I'm guessing they told any family that might have asked that he long ago ran away. I also suspect that there will be sexual abuse that comes to light on this one as well sad as that is.


I wasn't thinking along those lines, but I bet you are right. :(
 
2012-09-21 05:23:05 AM

Peepeye: amindofiron: Peepeye: Were there no grandparents, or ANY other relatives, that wondered where the fark he was this whole time? No friends wondering why they couldn't see him anymore? This is so damn sad. Poor guy.

I'm guessing they told any family that might have asked that he long ago ran away. I also suspect that there will be sexual abuse that comes to light on this one as well sad as that is.

I wasn't thinking along those lines, but I bet you are right. :(


Believe me when I say I wish I weren't.
 
2012-09-21 05:24:27 AM

cyberspacedout: When I was that height, I was probably around 105, and kinda skinny... this kid must have been skin and bones.


I'm a full 3 inches shorter and only ten pounds lighter than this kid, so he must be seriously malnourished.

But, as Bathia_Mapes said, that isn't even the worst of this situation. I'd go crazy if I spent 4 days cooped up in one room, I can't conceive spending 4 YEARS in the same place. Especially years that are so important to your social and intellectual development. I can't imagine what those kind of conditions would do to someone's psyche and emotional well-being.
 
2012-09-21 05:25:49 AM
Wow..does anyone else think the dad looks like the missing link? One step above a caveman it looks like. These people should spend at least 20 years for what they did. Horrible.
 
2012-09-21 05:28:47 AM

amindofiron: . I also suspect that there will be sexual abuse that comes to light on this one as well sad as that is.


Judging by what's being said in the story linked to a few posts back, it sounds like the DA has reason to think there was a lot more going on than the boy just being locked in a room.

Bit'O'Gristle: These people should spend at least 20 years for what they did


They'll be looking at a lot more than that.
 
2012-09-21 05:38:38 AM

hammettman: And way to go authorities. Just what he wants is to be flown back "home."


He's much more likely to have some family back there than he is in a meatgrinder like LA.
 
2012-09-21 05:39:30 AM

Ed Grubermann: He's much more likely to have some family back there than he is in a meatgrinder like LA.


Also the DA does need to talk to him and such.
 
2012-09-21 05:43:27 AM

DoctorCal: after being arrested at their home in Dallas, an upscale Georgia suburb


Author must have an underwater mortgage on a crappy 70s style split level on the westside that he is trying to sell

Sure - Dallas ga is upscale - for racists
 
2012-09-21 05:43:39 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Exactly. And this boy wasn't just physically starved, but emotionally too. The former can be taken care of by ensuring he has proper nutrition and medical care for any physical problems ensuing from not being fed properly for so long. The emotional/psychological problems from being locked away for 4 years will take a long, long time to cure, if at all. This kid may end up being too psychologically damaged to function properly for the rest of his life.


In my mind's eye, I see a human version of one of those laboratory monkeys who were raised by a 'mother' made of cold steel mesh. I doubt this poor kid will ever know normal. Hopefully the parents will die in prison.
 
2012-09-21 05:45:15 AM
I'd love to see him visit his Dad in prison and say, "You're a biatch now so watch your crack."
 
2012-09-21 05:48:46 AM
from the upthread linked article "If Mitch Comer's claims that he spent four years, or 1,460 days, locked away in a room are true, Donovan plans to pursue charges for each day of captivity, he said."

I sure hope they do. throw these two *under* the jail and brick up the hole.
 
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