Okay, things are never as bad as they could be. This story breaks my heart on many levels. I have the same birthday as Burt Bacharach, but am the same age as his daughter. The last concert I attended was Burt Bacharach. More than anything, it wrings at the heart of every parent, especially those with a special needs child. My child could make a bad decision with his differently wired brain. How do I protect him? Will my child be happy? Will my child find people to connect with as friends and lovers? Will other people see in my child the wonderful person that I see?
If my children ever make threats to harm themselves, even during selfish, bratty tantrums, it WILL be taken with complete seriousness. Life is too short and precious. No problem is too big.