Originally Posted by Drin
*Shrug* We dont know if his parents were over-protective zealots, and really did mess him up or not. Seems like they were not, but you never get the whole picture in a news article. However, if he was allowed to get out even if only to other friends places, he probably would have had the opportunity to call child services or what not. Not sure how it works in america. Still a choice he could've made, instead of the choice he did make which was to kill two people. The fact that he tried to frame his dad implies he was probably at least somewhat 'sane' at the time.
And just because you could do whatever it is you are implying you could possibly do to someone over 16 years, does not mean you would do it. It could be the parents were cruel in some fashion, or it could be that he was unstable, dangerous, and this was the primary reason. That'd make sense wouldn't it? Kid is violent and dangerous, so the parents take away what they see as a potential influence. Unfortunately it did not work for them which is very sad, but the reasoning is there.
Mostly agreed. We have no reason to assume that the parents did anything wrong here. Having your parents take away a video game (or even ban video games in the house altogether) sucks when your growing up, but it's far from 'bad parenting' and even farther from 'ridiculous' as others have said. Denying video games to a child is a parent's choice to make and is hardly destructive. Even in the case of being homebound for a year, there are lots of alternatives to video games and TV for entertainment. I think this case is a classic example of addiction that gets way out of hand. The case against the parents here is pretty weak.
To clarify, since I can feel the flames coming already, I'm not making a case against video games either necessarily. This kid's actions demonstrate how deep into an addiction he was. This case stresses the importance of appropriate rules and regulations with games and being aware of a child's signs of addiction (to anything, not just games).
I'm not sure about people arguing that this kid was sane either. Isn't one of the hallmarks of insanity planning and executing something horrible like this without afterthought?
Just in closing: We are all told not to do things by are parents, and we are free to obey or disobey them, to go so far as to kill someone over denial of something so menial shows that you have a problem.