This story has some credibility issues with me. For one thing if the boy is out
and about and getting around he seems to be doing things he wants to do, even
getting off the train in SLC may have been an impulsive move to experience his
own life and freedoms to choose his own path.I can understand
parents being concerned and its normal but he is old enough and has presence of
mind enough to be allowed to be on his own or he would not have been on the
train traveling by himself. That takes a lot of self accountability to be able
to function, travel, and survive separately from his parents. I have doubts
about any medical condition the parents are trying to establish. It's also normal that children leave home and its security to start a new
life and I think that is why he was in a school in California and some parents
have trouble letting go and imaginations get clouded with irrational emotions.
If he's been seen around town, doing what seem like "normal"
behavior my guess is he doesn't want to be seen by his parents. I can only
imagine what's waiting for him at home if he's "captured" and
taken there. Just thinking out loud.
It is an interesting story, but there are 11 photos to go with it and only 2 of
them have a picture of the boy, and those are very clear. The rest are all of
the mom talking to people and passing out flyers. What about more and better
pictures of him, so someone could recognize him and call in? Good going
Credibility issues? If the young man is mentally ill, and his parents should
know this better than anybody, he needs help. 101 Ways, I hope you never have
to find out how difficult it is to have a child with severe mental health
issues. Your lack of empathy is stunning.
Kate, we do not lock up the mentally ill. They are in our streets, your
streets. There is very little we can do, to find an adult who does
not want to be found.IF this is Robin Putnam wandering around town
accompanied by a woman, he's not alone.He also has money.If I were the parents, I'd be looking at panhandlers.