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August 10th, 2008

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02:36 pm - very disturbing
My 5 year old son has been diagnosed with uneven cognitive development, and has a history of behavioral problems, including self-harming and being aggressive towards other children.
He'd made good progress, and we let him have a guinea pig under the condition that he help take care of it, and he seemed to really enjoy the responsibility. Last week, my husband told my son that if he got his room clean, he could have his guinea pig in his room, and that was a good incentive for him.
Then, Thursday night, I refused to read to him at bedtime because he had dragged his feet getting ready for bed and his room was a mess.
He came downstairs and said "Oreo dying. I punch Oreo and died him."
We spent the next few hours comforting the guinea pig, but he had internal damage, and died shortly before we got up in the morning. He was such a sweet little guy, and we all miss him. My son mostly talks about wanting a new guinea pig.
My son is getting play therapy, and remedial services, so we're going to tell them what happened and see what they say about it.
Right now, I can barely stand to look at the boy. I don't know if I can ever trust him again. What kind of person kills a defenseless animal for no reason?  How could I love someone that would do something that vile? I just keep remembering the beginning of the new version of Halloween, with the young Michael Myers killing pet rats, and wondering how to keep my son from growing up to be like that.
If anyone knows of any resources to even start figuring out how to deal with this, please let me know. I don't even know what to google.

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Date:August 11th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
:hugs: I'm not sure of anything that can help, but please remember Hollywood exaggerates things. He's your son and he's 5. He's still barely not a baby. I would say if you are really worried about it, get some therapy. You and him. And if you're really worried about him hurting others, an animal isn't a good idea. Maybe see into volunteering at the local animal shelter or something? So he can see and play with animals, but if he's acting out, he can't hurt one.

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