In 2013, Ethan Couch killed four people and seriously injured two others while driving drunk. In his defense, a psychologist testified that Couch was a victim of parents who never set limits for him and coined the word “affluenza” to describe what happens to a child who grows up without proper parental discipline. Prosecutors asked for 20 years behind bars, but the court sentenced him to ten years of probation.
I’m not an attorney and certainly don’t understand the nuances of the law, but one thing appears clear to me about in this case, the court acknowledged that the young man’s privileged upbringing did not prepare him for responsible adulthood. He would have been better off to have parents who would discipline him set appropriate limits for him, then to have lenient parents who gave him plenty of things, but did not give him the most important thing—discipline. –Jim L. Wilson
Proverbs 13:24 (HCSB) “The one who will not use the rod hates his son, but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.”