Woman arrested because her son is too fat...

Jerri Grey, the fat kid's momThe mother of a five hundred pound South Carolina teenager has been charged with criminal neglect of a minor.  Jerri Gray, mother of Alexander Draper (14 years old), has been accused of abusing her son after the teenage boy ballooned to 555 lbs.  According to the state of South Carolina, the charges stem from the mother allowing the boy to get as big as he did.


Alexander Draper, the fat kidJerri claimed that her son's weight gain was mainly due to her lifestyle, constantly having to pull two shifts (some of them late into the night), and was not always available to give her son the best food choices.  But she also blamed her inability to do something about it on her financial situation, which would not allow her to afford the special care needed to help her son out.


So, the state took her fat kid away and now the mother is bitter...


This is a tough one to call, to be honest.  See, while the Government hating Libertarian inside me just sees this as the latest in a growing example of State Governments overstepping thier bounds,  the child loving liberal in me thinks that it is a good thing that the State intervened and took this poor little boy out of there and charged the mother with abuse.  I mean, come on folks...


"I wash myself with a rag on a stick..."It's not like the little bastard gained a couple of pounds or maybe has a bit of a belly or something.  He is five hundred fucking pounds.  Do you have any fucking idea how hard you have to work to get yourself up to five hundred fucking pounds???  It requires constant eating.  Not grazing.  Not snacking.  You have to be stuffing your face day in and day out.  That's not from having a few too many Big Macs and large fries for supper too many days in a row.  This woman was abusing him; her ignorance, apathy, or indifference (any one of them would apply) condemning her son to a life of illness, humiliation, and discrimination.


But on the other hand...


While admittedly this is deplorable behavior, the reaction by the state does give some pause.  South Carolina took away a child from his mother because he was obese (granted, cartoonishly obese).  As I said before, was she abusing him... yes.  But does this set up for a slippery precedent???


It could.  Granted, to spell it out would sound even too paranoid for even me to stomach.  But it does speak of a growing governmental arm going further and further into the private lives of the citizens, and that is never a good thing.

So in the end, this might be both the ying and the yang.  Maybe this move leads to Alexander Draper trimming down to human size, thus changing his life in ways he may never fully understand.  The Nanny State: Keeping you safe from you...Maybe it leads to Government Fat Squads, kicking in doors and rounding up the heavy.  Who knows what one can expect when a society allows the Nanny State to run unfettered.


But what I do know is that there is a little fat kid in South Carolina who might have a chance at a normal life now because someone took action.  Now if you will excuse me, I have to finish making sure my survival camp is all ready for when "IT" starts going down...

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