Hero Gone Wild

From a quick handshake and George Bush slap on the back to probation, boot-camp, paying restitution, counseling, random drug tests, and written apologies to the victims;  a hero has gone wild. 

The Cossey family circumstances couldn’t seem to get any worse, but it did.  Their home was burglarized for loot and those notorious video games and air guns.

The son, Dillon, was homeschooled for about a year and a 1/2 because he was bullied at school.  He got into some serious problems because he still resented the "school bullying".  But in another bizarre twist,  the Cossey home invasion was caused because of "peer pressure".  From the Pennsylvania’s Sentinel online:
Hero in Pa. school plot sentenced in burglary at plotter’s home

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A teen lauded by President Bush for breaking up a school terror plot was sentenced to probation Thursday for taking part in two burglaries at the plotter’s home.

I guess if anyone knew Dillon was away in ‘rehab’ and his folks were out and about, these boys did. 

The three teens pulled off a pair of break-ins this year at schoolmate Dillon Cossey’s home in Plymouth Township, she said. Cossey’s parents, Frank and Michele, were not at home. A judge Thursday sentenced the three boys to an unspecified period of juvenile probation.

Here’s the ’cause’ of this particular dilemma for these boys according to Tipster’s lawyer:

McLaughlin cited a combination of peer pressure and youthful immaturity as factors behind his client’s crime.
“What he has done in the past, it doesn’t erase that,” McLaughlin added. “He still did a very noble and heroic deed. … He had to put himself out on a limb, (by) snitching on someone.”
Officials learned of the Cossey burglaries after the tipster tried to sell some of the stolen goods at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.

The glories of public school socialization spills out again.  The school is a good place to market.  This particular quote from the Chicago Teacher Union President, Marilyn Stewart, keeps popping into my head:  From Chi-Town Daily News about the Chicago Virtual School:

"For them to think they can address the social and emotional issues of a child without being in the same room as that child is ludicrous," Stewart said. "You can only adequately address these issues in a classroom where you have necessary peer support and peer interaction."

The Big S word
Reading last fall’s post, I finally found one of my notes about the pharms in water .  This blog might be my research dumping ground, but my head’s memory bank about key words is sad.

Dillon Cossey
Valerie at Home Ed Mag News & Commentary comments


Hero Gone Wild — 2 Comments

  1. What a tragedy! While peer support and peer interaction didn’t help these boys, it sounds like maybe Dillon was left alone in his room. How could he create all those weapons without his parents knowing?

  2. It’s a strange thing, Renae, where the boy was indulged with weapons purchased by his mom.

    His parents seemed to be aware of what was happening. What appeared to be very bad judgment on their part and his lessons coming off the computer from what Valerie found on HEM News & Commentary that’s linked above, there seemed to be too little association with good problem solving.

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