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Md. mom who killed son agonized over school costs
Yahoo News ^ | August 8, 2011 | Eric Tucker

Posted on 08/08/2011 4:32:11 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Ben Barnhard finally had reason to be optimistic this summer: The 13-year-old shed more than 100 pounds at a rigorous weight-loss academy, a proud achievement for a boy who had endured classmates' taunts about his obesity and who had sought solace in the quiet of his bedroom, with his pet black cat and the intricate origami designs he created.

But one month before school was to start for the special-needs teen, his mother, psychiatrist Margaret Jensvold, shot him in the head, then killed herself. Officers found their bodies Tuesday in the bedrooms of their home in Kensington, Md., an upper-middle class Washington suburb. They also found a note.

"School — can't deal with school system," the letter began, Jensvold's sister, Susan Slaughter, told The Associated Press.

And later: "Debt is bleeding me. Strangled by debt."

Although family members said they were stunned by the killings, they also said Jensvold had become increasingly strained by financial pressure and by anguished fights with the county public school system over the special-needs education of her son, who had an autism spectrum disorder. They said the school district — apparently believing it could adequately educate Ben — had refused to cover tuition costs for the boy to attend a private school for special-needs students. Jensvold didn't have the money herself and didn't want to return her son to public school, where relatives said she felt harshly judged and marginalized and where Ben had struggled.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: autism; badparenting; educationfunding; specialneeds

1 posted on 08/08/2011 4:32:13 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: metmom; wintertime; Impy

This is just so tragic, it’s unreal.


2 posted on 08/08/2011 4:32:58 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: Clintonfatigued
his mother, psychiatrist Margaret Jensvold, shot him in the head, then killed herself.

Every psychologist/psychiatrist I've ever known has been unbalanced.

3 posted on 08/08/2011 4:35:41 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Prayers for that poor woman and child.So sad.


4 posted on 08/08/2011 4:36:42 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The brave new schools have no real need of special needs kids. They want their butts in the seat for the funding but really don’t want to teach them


5 posted on 08/08/2011 4:37:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“Every psychologist/psychiatrist I’ve ever known has been unbalanced”

I knew one psychologist years ago, long gone,RIP, who was not. She had quit and opened a bookstore. Said that psychology was crap and she did not believe in it any more.


6 posted on 08/08/2011 4:39:41 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Clintonfatigued

Sad, tragic, and wrong. She went over the edge. Rest in peace.


7 posted on 08/08/2011 4:40:34 PM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“...and where Ben had struggled.”

And what exactly were they going to teach him to do ?


8 posted on 08/08/2011 4:40:54 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: cripplecreek
They want their butts in the seat for the funding but really don’t want to teach them.
It may not be a matter of "want to," but rather, can't.
I know three people in local schools and they say "mainstreaming" hurts everyone in the classroom.
9 posted on 08/08/2011 4:52:39 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I am sure that solved everything


10 posted on 08/08/2011 5:01:18 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: GeronL

The mother freaked out and went insane.


11 posted on 08/08/2011 5:03:36 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"every psychologist/psychiatrist I've ever known has been unbalanced.."

I haven't known many, but my estimation fits yours. They are high in vocabulary and tend to think themselves smarter than they are--big on BS.And since they are so much "smarter", they tend to take sides in marital counseling. Male Psychologists/psychiatrists tend to identify with the male if he is a professional and treat the little woman like an imbecile.

When I was 18, i had finished 1 yr. college and worked as stenographer for Dept of the Army in Security & Intelligence. My boss thought I was exposed to too much criminal/bad activity and send me to interview with a woman psychiatrist on the base. I came back and told him she was nuts and "No thank you".

vaudine

12 posted on 08/08/2011 5:03:45 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: dynachrome

I am skeptical of psychiatry a a science. The brain may be the province of medicine, but I see no true science of the mind. Psychiatrists are busy using their pseudo-science to get people hooked on legal drugs to make them happy, while street pushers languish in jail for selling illegal drugs being used for the same purpose.


13 posted on 08/08/2011 5:08:42 PM PDT by Socon-Econ (Socon-Econ)
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To: Clintonfatigued

That is why I don’t think “poor woman”/ I think “poor boy” instead.


14 posted on 08/08/2011 5:10:18 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Clintonfatigued

That is why I don’t think “poor woman”/ I think “poor boy” instead.


15 posted on 08/08/2011 5:10:18 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Clintonfatigued
And later: "Debt is bleeding me. Strangled by debt."

The whole country knows that feeling

16 posted on 08/08/2011 5:11:06 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
>”Prayers for that poor woman and child.So sad”<

I agree, it is very sad. No prayers for a murderer from me, thank you very much.

If she offed herself and left the kid alone, she might have earned my sympathy. Taking another innocent life only makes me hope she is burning in hell. Selfish bitch comes to mind.

17 posted on 08/08/2011 5:17:06 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Would you rather live in Obamaville or Palintown?)
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To: Clintonfatigued
First thing, try not to get into debt. If you do and can pay then you should pay.

But if you can't pay, then DON'T. Stop. Don't destroy your family over something you can't do anything about.

They don't send a guy over to break your legs, they probably won't even take your stuff. Tell 'em to get bent and you'll get back with them when you can pay. Or file bankruptcy.

It's only business. They'd do it to you in a heartbeat. Family first, always.

18 posted on 08/08/2011 5:19:48 PM PDT by triumphant values (Never criticize that to your right.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

That story breaks my heart. Partly because I have been thru the same type of garbage with the schools. I have a son who 7 years ago required brain surgery to correct an arachnoid cyst the size of a softball. We were living in Ohio at the time. The principal demanded to see the MRI’s - a surgeons letter was not good enough. I have another son who has a very light case of Asperger’s. The schools have done absolutely nothing here in Fairfax County, Va. to help yet they bitch and moan at me without telling me what his assignments are (as I am entitled with an IEP). The same was true in Ohio. My solution finally has been to yank all of them out of public school and enroll them in Virtual Academy. The schools are nothing more than indoctrination camps for the left anyway. Hell with ‘em!


19 posted on 08/08/2011 5:28:20 PM PDT by flyingtabby (I am the Conservative your Hippie Friends Warned you About..........)
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The child murdering mother — Jensvold, a Johns Hopkins-educated psychiatrist specializing in women’s health, was passionate and determined. She made news in 1990 by filing a gender discrimination lawsuit against the National Institute of Mental Health, where she was a medical staff fellow. A judge ultimately ruled against her, calling her version of events an “illusion.


20 posted on 08/08/2011 5:29:47 PM PDT by WaterBoard
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To: oh8eleven

“may not be a matter of “want to,” but rather, can’t.
I know three people in local schools and they say “mainstreaming” hurts everyone in the classroom.”

Kids with a degree of Asperger’s don’t have an issue being “mainstreamed”. They are usually much smarter than average; in fact mostly genius level kids. They have an issue with creep kids brought up by creep parents who don’t give a damn that they have raised a bully, and with schools too lazy to enforce discipline and also bother to teach anyone who might not instantly pick up on the material.


21 posted on 08/08/2011 5:31:25 PM PDT by flyingtabby (I am the Conservative your Hippie Friends Warned you About..........)
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To: triumphant values

Husband works in bankruptcy. He’s always willing to help anyone who is honest with him in his investigation. Years ago, before some of the more recent bankruptcy laws were enacted, he helped people reorganize their businesses. One family he worked with was able to keep their house, trim off the waste, reorganize, and keep doing what they loved
to do for a living. He was on the outside looking in and was able to identify in the books what was sinking them. They eventually remodeled their house and kept their land. - Some are not honest; but most are. He makes sure to help people retain their dignity. Many people are struck with huge medical bills and other things beyond their control.


22 posted on 08/08/2011 5:31:37 PM PDT by Twinkie (Is Obama using the Cloward-Piven Strategy?!?)
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To: oh8eleven

I was mainstreamed and it was huge for me.

They wanted to shuttle me in ‘special ed’. Where I would have been locked away for all my life.


23 posted on 08/08/2011 5:35:05 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: dynachrome

“Said that psychology was crap and she did not believe in it any more.”

My son quit half way through his Masters in family counseling and told me that you really can’t “fix” most people who are broken.


24 posted on 08/08/2011 5:35:13 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: GeronL

55,000-75,000k a year tuition?

She should have moved to a different (cheaper) part of Maryland, put the child in a $6,000 a year Catholic school, and told the father to sell his “restored boat” he cruises around DC in to help out more.

Seems the problem she feared was teasing from the hoodlums (illegals) in the Montgomery County (the San Francisco of Maryland) government school system.


25 posted on 08/08/2011 5:38:00 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: Twinkie

Have a friend who is a leftist. Years ago she lied and had all her school loans forgiven. Today she has a family memeber who is gravely ill. She owns a house and they have monies, substantial monies. They spend at leas four months a year in europe. Not in class A hotels but good enough.

Her family member is now getting free care because their income is low and hidden. It is frustrating. I like her but I really dont like that she steals.


26 posted on 08/08/2011 5:39:53 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: vaudine

I completely agree. Psychology and psychiatry....most of the practitioners are looney tunes. And they contribute to the demise of the fabric of our society by their creation of damaged people.

Too bad this mother is a murderer and not a Christian.


27 posted on 08/08/2011 5:55:18 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Reminds me of this one.


28 posted on 08/08/2011 5:58:42 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: ClearCase_guy
The woman had issues, most likely stemming from some long nurtured narcissistic wound suffered aa a child. A real head case. See more at the Washingtom Examiner

[From the linked article]

Jensvold had co-edited the book "Psychopharmacology and Women: Sex, Gender, and Hormones" and contributed to the book "Psychopharmacology from a Feminist Perspective."

She had previously practiced at the Premenstrual Syndrome Clinic on St. Elmo Road in Bethesda, according to records.

Jensvold once sued the National Institutes of Health for sex discrimination. She and another doctor claimed that they were forced to work in a male dominated, sexist atmosphere, and that they had been denied mentoring opportunities considered essential to advancing in their careers. But in 1996, U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow tossed out the claims, saying they were in part "exaggerated" and "fabricated."

An online review by an anonymous client wrote, "She seemed to be a very caring person and took notes during sessions, however in a crisis situation she was very difficult to get in touch with....It seemed as if she only worked part time. She was kind but ineffective

29 posted on 08/08/2011 6:03:41 PM PDT by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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To: Clintonfatigued

When you are nuts you are nuts.


30 posted on 08/08/2011 6:11:46 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Every psychologist/psychiatrist I’ve ever known has been unbalanced.”

Over the years several hundred in and around our area have been my business clients. Of all of these, there are only two that I think are wonderful, skilled and really able to help families through crisis times. They are also awesome parents and their five children are all smart, polite and wise in practical ways. They are also the only two that are very conservative politically.


31 posted on 08/08/2011 7:40:04 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: flyingtabby; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; ...
We were living in Ohio at the time. The principal demanded to see the MRI’s - a surgeons letter was not good enough.

Like a public school principle is medically qualified enough to read and MRI and make a determination of the condition?

What arrogance. Who the heck does he think he is?

The same was true in Ohio. My solution finally has been to yank all of them out of public school and enroll them in Virtual Academy. The schools are nothing more than indoctrination camps for the left anyway. Hell with ‘em!

It's all about $$$$$'s.

32 posted on 08/08/2011 8:06:13 PM PDT by metmom (Be the kind of woman that when you wake in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Clintonfatigued; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; ...

The public skrewels bag 2 more victims...

Maryalnd “Freak State” PING!


33 posted on 08/08/2011 9:21:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
Prayers for that poor woman and child.So sad.

Me? I'm praying for the kid. The woman can burn in hell.

34 posted on 08/08/2011 9:24:01 PM PDT by Lazamataz (America. Great idea. Couldn't last.)
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To: PLMerite
And what exactly were they going to teach him to do ?

You'd be surprised. I had a young guy work for me who had aspergers, a form of autism. He couldn't hold a job elsewhere but was fantastic at what he did for me. You work with peoples strengths, not their weaknesses.

Or you could put them in a hospital and pretend they don't exist. Kinda like they used to do. That seems to be where your comment is heading.

35 posted on 08/09/2011 3:40:14 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: freeangel

You can’t fix them the way they try, which is drugs, drugs and more drugs.

There are different kinds of mental illness, some is a chemical imbalance and some is due to trauma. Prayer and love are good treatment for both.


36 posted on 08/09/2011 3:43:21 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: flyingtabby

I’d have told the principal to produce a medical degree or you would report him to the state for practicing without a license.


37 posted on 08/09/2011 3:47:50 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

That’s pretty close to what I did say...... :-)


38 posted on 08/09/2011 7:49:12 AM PDT by flyingtabby (I am the Conservative your Hippie Friends Warned you About..........)
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To: Socon-Econ
I am skeptical of psychiatry a a science.

It absolutely is not a science. True sciences consider the quantifiable and yield reproducible results. Multiple psychiatric evaluations will produce multiple, even contradictory, results which are all somehow supposedly valid. Psychiatry is a system of commentary which is subjective and rhetorical and, therefore, an art.

39 posted on 08/09/2011 8:18:31 AM PDT by Brass Lamp
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA

Jeez...


40 posted on 08/09/2011 11:20:44 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

BS. She was crazy. You don’t kill your kids because Uncle Sugar won’t bow to your economic demands.


41 posted on 08/09/2011 11:25:58 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

Digustingly sad.

Now what to do with the mother...time to call in Marcellus Wallace’s “n*gg*rs with blowtorches” and get to work.


42 posted on 08/09/2011 11:28:11 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

And yes, that means on the mother’s carcas.


43 posted on 08/09/2011 11:29:48 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I love that there is a “badparenting” tag on this thread.

Talk about understatement!


44 posted on 08/09/2011 11:45:52 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

The child would have been better off being thrown into a wolf’s den or circus.


45 posted on 08/09/2011 12:10:31 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: vaudine

I agree with every word you wrote. I knew one who treated families and whose own son committed suicide by auto-erotic asphyxiation; another who had four children and regularly had sex with patients, etc etc.


46 posted on 08/10/2011 8:12:34 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (To ACLU & its plaintiffs: Stop dragging the public into your personal struggle w/ God. -Mark Baisley)
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To: Albion Wilde

Head shrinking is one of the great rackets.


47 posted on 08/11/2011 1:22:58 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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