Kids’ Assaults On Parents Growing In Houston


Many times victims are bruised in a fight or shoved down stairs. Others are stabbed with scissors. One was beaten to death with a hammer. The suspects, in more than 1,800 cases documented in Houston’s Harris County over a recent 2½-year period, were their children, reports the Houston Chronicle. A longtime prosecutor in the juvenile courts said he was “floored by the numbers” after a survey found 1,831 young people had been charged with assaulting a parent or guardian. Another called it an “alarming, alarming trend.”

“It’s scary,” said Kris Moore, a juvenile prosecutor in Harris County since 1980. “I don’t know if it’s media or television or violent games or what. You’ve got so many parents out there working their butts off trying to make ends meet, and it’s harder for them to supervise their kids. If you get into a situation where parents aren’t in control of their kids, they’re going to get into trouble.” Moore said violence against parents is escalating. “It used to be that we never had an assault on a parent,” she said. “Would you have pushed your mother down the stairs? Would you have stabbed your grandmother?”


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