A mother in inner city Kansas City made a heart wrenching choice. An elderly man who is confined to wheelchair was robbed in his home. He answered the door and was confronted by young man pointing a gun to his head. He made no effort to resist and the thugs entered his home and robbed him.
This being the second time that this happened to him, he had set up a video camera. The entire episode was caught on camera and released to the public. A mom saw her son being the gang leader in this disgraceful event. She not only confronted her son, she marched him down to the police department and turned him.
It was the right thing to do, but that doesn't mean it was easy. It takes a special kind of person to realize that even though you are more than likely putting your child in a position to do time in prison allowing them to get away with that kind of behavior is worse. Her son is 18 years old. But obviously he has no respect for private property, he has no respect for the elderly, he has no respect for people who have served our country *the victim is a vet*, he has no respect for himself. She took it into her own hands to say to her son that this behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by her or by society.
You also have to remember that cooperating with the police is not looked upon as something customary in the inner cities. So it makes what she did even more noteworthy. But I think this mom knew her child was out of control and fixing what is wrong is beyond her control. I am also sure that she was worried he was on a path to end up dead, possibly in a shoot out with the police.
Kudos to this mom for doing the right thing. I am sure her heart is breaking.
You can watch a news report here.