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Originally posted by spinalremain
reply to post by celimonster
So because your brother wanted to die and drew disturbing pictures, are you suggesting that it is normal behavior?
Jefferey Dahmer is in a rather exclusive club with other flesh eating murderers, but he is far from normal. Before you state that I am comparing apples to oranges, I am just stating that your experience has no bearing on the child in question.
You have to weigh the options here. We're talking about evaluating the child for 72 hours, guys. Weigh that vs the child jumping in front of a car or off a roof or eating pills etc...... Often times when someone shows such behavior it is in fact a cry for help. How else can a 6 year old convey their misery and discontent with life? No one is taking the child away for years while they starve and force pills down the kids throat. Nowhere near that extreme here. An evaluation is exactly that. They watch the child and speak to the child.
It's all to often that we see an awful tragedy and hear the family members say after "I never realized they were so sad", or "I never thought they'd really do it."
-72 hours of evaluation seems a hell of a lot better than mommy picking up Billy's brains off the floor.