Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A murderer at 17

It is not drugs perse that kills. It is the abused of drugs that transforms the user to a killer. Here is a news account among other crimes of similar nature, that made many readers condemned the effects of drug abused.

In 1999, a drug-crazed teenager stabbed dead his two grandmothers and wounded his grandfather after he was foiled from robbing them in Park Homes Subdivision, Barangay Tunasan, Muntinlupa City, here in the Philippines.

The suspect was only seventeen (17) years old who tried to rob his grandparents of Php65,000 but was caught in the act by the victims inside their room. The two old women died instantly after the suspect
stabbed them eight times when they shouted for help.

The grandfather attempted to respond to the two old women but he was stabbed in the stomach with a kitchen knife by the assailant. Double homicide and frustrated homicide were filed against the suspect.

The murderer was under the influence of drugs when the incident happened. The eight stab wounds alone would show that he was not in his right thinking. How could one ordinary teenager turn into a cold-blooded murderer if he was not in need of money to sustain his addiction to drugs?

This is just one of the sad stories relative to substance abused. We hope that more efforts from police authorities will gain momentum to avoid similar cases like this that can happen in any part of the world.

When we encounter crimes of this type, we as parents must learn to step back and check the kind of values we instill in our children. We must also find time to reflect on what kind of parenting we exercise in our homes. These are important reminders for many studies showed that aside from peer or gang pressure, drug addiction is also caused by parental neglect. The family is the basic unit which allows us to check and balance the kinds of children we created, developed and nurtured at home before we expose them to the world outside.

Our children need our guidance. Strong good values instilled in them as early as childhood will help them prepare their way to the complications of the real world.

Being always there for your kids will make them feel that they are loved and needed so that they do not need to look for love elsewhere.

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