It sickens me when I read that a parent has taken the life of her autistic child. Wednesday evening, it happened again. A Bronx mom is suspected of shooting her 12 year old autistic son, and then committing suicide. The mother, Michaela Jackson allegedly snapped and killed herself and her son, Kenneth Holmes.
I’m trying to imagine how this mother could do such a thing and can’t. I can’t imagine how anything can be so bad that the only option is to kill your child and yourself. Kill yourself, if you must, but don’t harm such a precious innocent.
These occurrences are happening more and more. Something needs to be done to prevent more deaths. What kind of supports did this woman have in place? Did she have respite care? Was anyone watching for signs of extreme emotional stress? When do we stop shaking our heads and criticizing the monster, and start putting preventative measures in place?
I refuse to believe that killing a child is a solution. I refuse to believe that a parent can be pushed mentally to the point that this is the only option. However, it seems to keep happening. Things need to change. I don’t care about the parent that does such a horrendous act. I do care about the children that are losing their lives because of these parents.