Sherrie Gavan, a woman from Missouri was convicted Tuesday of third-degree assault. Who did she assault? Her son’s drug dealer. And she went after him with a baseball bat.
Apparently, when Gavan’s son, Clayton, got himself hooked on heroin, she tried everything she could think of to keep him away from the stuff. She tried to protect him whenever he went through withdrawals. But finally, deciding that enough was enough, she decided that her only option was to beat her son’s drug dealer down to the ground.
OK, so maybe she didn’t beat him that badly. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “He did not seek medical attention for his injuries and acknowledged he had not been badly hurt.” But still…you have to admire this woman.
While I think there’s something to be said about the fact that her son got hooked on heroin in the first place, she did more than just plead and beg him to stop or get help. After exhausting all of her options, she decided to remove the source of the temptation, Joshua Loyd, from her son’s life. Did she mean to kill him? I don’t know. Maybe it was just a warning.
Either way, she’s now facing a $1,000 fine and a year in the big house.
It could just be me, but I think more parents need to go back to this style of parenting. I’m not saying all parents should grab clubs and knives and chains and starting beating the living crap out of everyone that they don’t like, but Gavan showed a level of proactiveness that I think more parents should have these days.
There are plenty of parents who seem to take a more laissez-faire approach to child rearing, and eventually, when the child becomes a rebellious teenager, said parent will engage in useless yelling matches, or sit around crying wondering, “What did I do wrong?”
Gavan, on the other hand, ain’t takin’ that sh** and she set out to do something about it.
Now, I’m not saying that what she did was right, by any means. Clearly, it landed her in some trouble with the law. But, I do think there’s something we can learn from her.
What do you think of her parenting techniques? Leave a comment below and let us know!