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More than a little disturbing

A Pennsylvania mother admitted to buying her 14-year-old son a rifle and gunpowder to add to the weapons cache he was building (complete with "knives, swords, BB guns, the rifle and partly assembled homemade grenades"). The boy had been teased horribly for his obesity and was pulled out of public school in seventh grade to be home schooled. Prosecutors say the son "came [to] idolize the Columbine High School shooters and was planning an attack last year on Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, which some former schoolmates attended."

The defense attorney told reporters the mother's actions were "an attempt to boost his self-esteem, and in some way help the child, as misplaced as those thoughts may have been."


No real question going with this one, other than what the heck was this woman thinking? Any bizarre or disturbing false alarms up in Spokane? Hard to top the LC "pipe bomb" incident, but I'm sure someone will do it eventually.

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