Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What the...

Saw this article on Diana's blog a few days ago. Boy feeds reptiles to crocodile!?!?
Amazing. What would prompt a 7 year old to do such a thing? The article didn't give much background info on his family life except to say that his older brother had been part of a group (of boys?) who attacked the crocodile 5 years earlier.
Very few young children posess such a lack of boundaries as to not only climb over the fence at a zoo but also to hurt and kill the creatures behind it. It shows a complete disregard for authority and rules.(Maybe because he feels alienated from society and therefore feels that rules don't apply to him?) And what a strange twist that he fed the smaller reptiles to Terry the crocodile. Does that show a sadistic tendency or does it show a caring tendency? It would be so interesting to have more information on this boy and use them as clues in figuring out why he did what he did. Just like the psychologist in Equus who figured out why Alan blinded six horses by discovering his fascinating personal history. (whoa Freudian slip! I typed 'sex' instead of 'six'. Probably because in the back of my mind I knew that part of the reason Alan did it was due to something sexual.)
"Mr Neindorf said: “We’re horrified that anyone could do this, and saddened by the age of the child. He will just get worse and worse and worse - by the time he’s 10 he will be a hardened criminal.” "
I'm glad he didn't explicitly say, this boy is 'bad'. I don't feel comfortable with that label for young children who do destructive things. His statement sounds so condemning though. A humanistic psychologist like Carl Rogers might say that all the boy needs is someone to listen to him and make him feel cared about. That was the scenario in one of my favorite childhood books, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom. All Bradley Chalkers needed was for someone to tell him that he wasn't a monster. I think that theory was written off by later psychologists as being too simplistic though...
Well work was crazy today! A lot of drama involving Jimmy the store manager and the boss, Vinnie. All is resolved though because Vinnie is a good mediator. He gets stressed out easily and upsets people, but he has a talent for soothing ruffled feathers.
Now lets see if I can put a decent background on this blog o' mine...
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