Affluenza

I’m uncharacteristically speechless.

As Dr. Boyce Watkins puts it, “Rich, white kids have ‘affluenza,’ poor, black kids go to prison.” Here’s the story:

A wealthy teen who killed four people in a Texas drunk driving accident will not go to jail after a judge ruled this week that instead, he must attend an expensive rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents. The driver was 16-year-old Ethan Couch. He was speeding, with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit. Couch has admitted to his crime, and in a case that went before a Texas judge, prosecutors sought a 20-year sentence. Instead, Couch was sentenced to 10 years’ probation after a psychologist claimed he had “affluenza,” and testified that his cushy upbringing prevented him from connecting bad behavior with its consequences.

I wonder what my students would say about this.

Actually, I don’t need to wonder; I can ask them — both the ones from Weston and the ones from Boston.

The Wikipedia account is also worth reading. And note the connection between this story and my post from yesterday.



Categories: Dorchester/Boston, Life, Weston