This sounds like something out of a bad movie plot, but apparently it’s true. A 12-year old boy in Brisbane, Australia was having such a hard time coping with his parents’ divorce that he tried to kill his new stepmother by lacing her toothpaste with peanuts in an attempt to trigger a deadly allergic reaction. Fortunately, the stepmum found the peanuts before they did any harm. According to court documents, there was “an element of “attention seeking” in his behavior.” Gee, ya think? The full story is here. The court was told the stepmother found the peanuts in the toothpaste before actually brushing her teeth. Mr Finch said the was evidence the boy was struggling with the family breakdown at the time and that there was an element of “attention seeking” in his behaviour. Barrister Rob East, for the boy, said his client had no history of bad behaviour
The Dad’s Side of Cafe Life, and Another Reason Special Needs “Parents” Rule Note from Katrina: This is the first of, I hope, many posts here at the Cafe by my other half, Jim. You’ve heard of him fleetingly here and there in other posts at the Cafe, but never directly. You’ll learn more about Jim if you come back often to visit in on the Dad’s Side of Cafe Life, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be surprised. There’s a reason I fell in love with this guy, after all. He’s a deep and sensitive kind of guy, just a bit quirky, and chock full of the same awesomeness all my kids claim as well. Dads are Part of “Special Needs Parents” Too I’m a stay at home dad of three boys. All who have varying degrees of health issues. I myself have quite a number of health issues as well.
My friend Stan could be difficult at times. Never was there a more self-deprecating man. On the other hand, his complete and utter faith that he would be greeted by Our Lord and Savior was refreshing, and I admit at first, off-putting. We had a disagreement a few weeks ago over his job. He was obligated to report what he thought was a harmful environment for a student. But didn’t want to make the call. I told him that I wouldn’t speak to him again if he didn’t hold true to his ethics. He was afraid he would lose a friend. In the end, he made the call. He learned that the family in question was already doing everything possible for their kids. He did his job and held true to his ethics. The family he had to report was mine. I still consider him a friend. Stan passed away