What the hell is going on with people these days?

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Submitted by Coronita on November 14, 2008 - 12:37pm

My Gosh, what the heck is going on with people these days? Unreal....

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/11/14/nebrask...

OMAHA, Nebraska (CNN) -- Nebraska officials said they're concerned about an apparent rush by parents to drop their teenage children off at hospitals before lawmakers change the state's troubled "safe haven" law.
Four children have been dropped off at Nebraska hospitals in the last two days.

Four children have been dropped off at Nebraska hospitals in the last two days.

The latest cases came on the eve of a special session of the Legislature on Friday to add an age limit to the law. On Thursday, a boy, 14, and his 17-year-old sister were dropped off at an Omaha hospital; the girl ran away from the hospital, officials said. A 5-year-old boy was left by his mother at a different hospital, officials said.

The day before, a father flew in from Miami, Florida, to leave his teenage son at a hospital, officials said.

"Please don't bring your teenager to Nebraska," Gov. Dave Heineman told CNN. "Think of what you are saying. You are saying you no longer support them. You no longer love them."

Submitted by sdduuuude on November 14, 2008 - 12:50pm.

Have kids who misbehave? Show that article to them and maybe they'll be a little more respectful.

Submitted by NotCranky on November 14, 2008 - 1:04pm.

Dude, I have 3 kids but I tell them I have six, 3 of whom live in "the bushes" . Of course I tell the three real ones that "I love them so much and would never do that to them". It still has the same effect and re-inforces that I love them...I hope. They know I am kidding anyway.

Man I love my kids and just think people must be wired really wrong to do stuff like in FLU's post...under any circumstance.

Submitted by JustLurking on November 14, 2008 - 1:15pm.

Wow. As the mom to a 4 year old and a 7 year old, I can't even imagine this. I suppose some parents can really lose control of a teenager and feel like they have no options. But the 5 year old? That poor boy must be terrified. His mom has just messed him up for life.

Submitted by sdduuuude on November 14, 2008 - 1:36pm.

Seriously, one would have to hope that these people do this out of love - because they feel they can not adequately provide and feel their kids would be better off in others' hands.

Note to self: don't forget to mention the kids in the bushes to my kids.

Submitted by NotCranky on November 14, 2008 - 1:46pm.

Good point sdduude on some level, at least partially, they probably are doing what you are saying...trying to take care of them. To be cynical maybe they are just trying to get rid of them without facing jail.

I found mentioning the bushes along the side of a Freeway to have better effect than say, a park or some nice hills. Don't do it in sight of any place with candy or playground equipment.Even kids have their priorities.

Submitted by Portlock on November 14, 2008 - 1:49pm.

Guess these people are looking for a Bailout...Now, where would they have learned about being bailed out of their committments...hmmm..

Submitted by The OC Scam on November 14, 2008 - 3:51pm.

Well said Portlock! Everyone seems to want to take the easy road I got three of these "kid" things and they are a pain in the ass and eat more than My wife and I but hell ..I told them you get 18 your out of here and that is my commitment! NOT A DAY LONGER!!! 19... I'll drop them off

By the way does that safe haven cover dropping off my Wife?

Submitted by urbanrealtor on November 14, 2008 - 4:14pm.

I just intend to give my 3 month old a steady diet of religious education and old war movies.

I think it will teach his respect.

Submitted by CBad on November 14, 2008 - 5:10pm.

Sick.

I'm LOL at the bushes though!

"Stay out the bushes!"

Submitted by fredo4 on November 14, 2008 - 6:26pm.

I'm sure that the teenagers are all being dropped off by drug addict parents on a bender. I used to be a volunteer councilor to women at twin towers correctional facility in L.A. and every one of of the inmates had an average of five kids. I could never understand that. Most of the women in there were drug addicts-- didn't all of those kids cut in on their partying time?

p.s. love the kids in the bushes idea.

Submitted by equalizer on November 15, 2008 - 12:10am.

Did you all see bottom of article?

" The Department of Health and Human Services published a background profile on 30 of the 34 safe haven cases. The report found:

# Twenty-seven children have received mental health treatment.

# 28 children come from single-parent homes.

# 22 children had a parent with a history of incarceration."

So most parents are ex-convicts and most kids have mental health problems. As Sdude hinted, these parent(s) are overwhelmed and need help.

Submitted by lonestar2000 on November 15, 2008 - 12:48am.

Simply unbelievable...oh wait, this is America, land of the bailed-out, anything goes here.
Simply unbelievable...

Submitted by SHILOH on November 17, 2008 - 10:52am.

I watched a Dr. Phil on this issue last week.
One (white) woman interviewed had her first child at around 19. Then she had another...both from different fathers, unmarried woman. She said she was overwhelmed by motherhood, the financial stress of it all and wanted to go back to school.
So she hoped "someone" would take her kids for about 10 years and then she would want them back when she was "ready." She expressed frustration over having no social life - that her life was now entirely about work and caring for the children. Dr. Phil told her that her life was no longer exclusively about her.

Another show participant was a single (white) mother of a 15 year-old "out of control" daughter. She took advantage of the law because she didn't want her daughter to continue on her current path, as it would likely turn out very bad. So she wanted the State to intervene and straighten out her daughter before (presumably) she escalated to becoming a criminal.

There was also a young (white) man, maybe in his twenties, who had been left in a garbage can as a newborn and was hoping to locate his birth mother.

The worst was a (hispanic, I think from the accent) girl who was 15 or 16 and said she never knew she was pregnant until she was nearly full term and couldn't find any help. She delivered the baby in the bathroom of her parent's home and then upon delivery, since the baby didn't "cry" "like they are supposed to..." she stabbed it with scissors. That story was even more convoluted and Dr. Phil regards teenage girls (around 15/16) pregnant girls as being too immature to make rational decisions --like that--to deal with a pregnancy alone. So in her case, the issue was --she was in shock upon delivering her baby alone and therefore caused her to stab the baby to death. Her mother found her in the bathroom and then they went to the hospital.

The last two stories involving infants are obviously the reason why safe haven was created. But after watching the show, the others are more about people not being willing or maybe able to take responsibility for their choices --which is the underlying chronic problem.

Submitted by Aecetia on November 17, 2008 - 12:00pm.

So much for sex education in public schools. How's that working for you?

Submitted by Shadowfax on November 17, 2008 - 1:42pm.

OT: Been away and just have to say it: Piggingtons has gotten kinda dull now that the elections are over. All this talk about housing, mortgages, credit, short sales, economic indicators. Zzzzzzzz....

Should be a welcome change for the hardcore out there complaining about all the polical posts.

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