In your parenting resume, you don't mention whether you have atttempted to raise, love and eventually buried a mentally ill child.
How many psych sessions have you ever participated in? And argued with insurance companies to help you pay for?
How many psych rehab hospitals have you called or visited?
How many outpatient therapy sessions did you take your children to? Oh wait, they never needed therapy. They were not mentally ill. Because you were such an exemplary parent.
We know nothing about whether Jared's parents went through any or all of the above. I have lived it and it is living hell. If they were living for almost a decade or more in this helpless horror of depression at the decline of their child, no wonder the neighhors are now telling the press they were "odd" and "unfriendly" and "detached" But you go ahead- Judge the parents of the mentally ill shooter at your will, you need no facts other than they are parents and their 22 yr old son did a terrible thing so it is their fault.
Unfortunately- I can't help but judge “goody two-shoes” (and very lucky) you. Parent of the Year. Five times over. Hooray. All we need to stop mental illness is good parents like you. Better get out there and volunteer. Maybe try fostering, or adopting a troubled kid, you obviously have all the answers.
Thank you for sharing this.
It is such a mistake for people to pre-judge the parents. The road for parents who have to deal with mental illness in their family is a huge weight...no one can truly understand without walking that walk thru the mental health care system. If people think that the average healthcare system is a trial...I understand the mental helath care systmem is 100 times worse....not to mention the laws which prevent parents from intervening once they become of age.