Wild child vandal, 11: mum’s plea for help

NZ Herald Oct 29, 2010
A desperate mother is begging for help to punish her 11-year-old son, who has admitted ransacking graves and starting a fire in a $300,000 spree of destruction with a mate. The Masterton woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke down in tears while speaking about her boy, who has an attention deficit disorder, and her loss as to make right “the terrible things he’s done”. She said she was “really scared of the lines he’s going to cross next”. “I’m at the end of my rope. I don’t know what to do with him. I really need help,” the solo mother said. “I’ve grounded him but I don’t know what else to do.
…The mother said the boy had seen his father only a handful of times in his life and she blamed lack of a male role model in the home as a contributing factor in his wild behaviour. She said her son routinely breached her 6.30pm curfew to be back at their home, which is smoke-free and smack-free. “I let him take the cellphone so we can keep in touch but sometimes he’s out until 11 or 12 at night. The other night it was even later.”