Family of murdered girl suing teen killer's parents for raising a psycho
You may remember the horrific case of a 12-yea-old girl who was strangled by a 15-year-old schoolmate last year after he lured her to his New Jersey home to exchange bicycle parts. Last month, Justin Robinson, who's now 16, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and was sentenced to 17 years in jail in the death of Autumn Pasquale. Now, the victim's dad, Anthony Pasquale, has filed a civil lawsuit against Justin's parents claiming they're responsible for their son's crime.
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But should parents be held accountable in cases like this one? My initial reaction was that they should--maybe because I'm sick and tired of hearing of young people who commit horrific crimes (Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado to name two recent ones) and can't help but wonder how their parents weren't able to see anything coming.
However, the more I thought about it, the more I felt like suing the parents of young killers for not raising their kids correctly is pretty absurd. To be sure, there is no question that Justin committed a despicable crime for which he should--and will--be punished. But to blame his parents for his crime doesn't make any sense.
Anthony Pasquale's attorney has said: "If you're going to raise a murderer, you're going to take responsibility for it." But what parent, in their right mind, raises a murderer? Claims have been made that Justin and his older brother were allowed to run wild and had pretty much no supervision from either one of their parents, which is absolutely unacceptable. Even so, it doesn't make Justin's parents responsible for the crime he committed. It's not like they put a gun to his head and forced him to strangle Autumn.
I'm the first one to criticize parents for not raising their kids the right way, but sometimes, there's more to a story than just how children were raised. Think about it, there are countless examples of really bad parents with really good kids and really good parents with really bad kids.
While I can't even begin to imagine the pain and suffering the Pasquales must be going through, I fail to see how this civil lawsuit will help to bring any kind of closure to this tragedy.
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