A father’s confession has sparked a lengthy debate after he admitted that he doesn’t love his son anymore.
The parent took to Reddit and explained: “So, my oldest son recently turned 23 and I’m about 99% sure he’s a sociopath.
“We always had issues with him throughout his childhood, but we always found a way to work around them.”
“When his grades dropped to failing, we hired him a tutor. When he got into fights at school, we got him into anger management classes,” he continued.
“When he began viciously insulting and beating our younger son, we got him into therapy.
“When he got arrested for drugs, we got him into rehab. Everything we did, everything we tried, backfired.
“He’d always get out of it. Bring his grades to straight A’s and made us think he was the next Einstein going to Harvard.”
“The second we do something he didn’t like, such as telling him to get a job or help around the house, he’d drop his average to the single digits,” the father went on.
“When he came back from therapy as a ‘new man’, when we’d do something like let his brother pick the movie for family night or talk about his brother’s birthday, he’d go back to treating him like he was nothing.
“He uses his accomplishments against us.
“If we don’t do as he says or do as he wants, he’ll destroy his own life in return because he knows that’s our worst fear.”
The Redditor added: “The worst of it was a few weeks ago when he was arrested under suspicion of planning an attack at his old high school.
That his brother goes to.That my wife teaches at. I don’t know what to do at this point. I don’t doubt he was going to go through with it, but I do wonder if he would’ve told my wife and youngest son not to go that day.
“Thinking about how distant and cold he was before, I’m starting to think not. My family is shattered. We’ve tried helping him, we’ve tried changing him, we’ve tried to be better parents.
“I don’t know where we went wrong. He’s wasted our time, our money and our love. I’m frightened for what he’ll do without us, but we’re leaving.
“We’ve hired him a lawyer for his court case, but we’re leaving the house. We’ve left him some money, 6 months of rent paid for and an access pin to his college funds (which I doubt will end up being used for college.).
“We’ve been thinking about this for quite some time now, moving out of the state, but I don’t think we’ll miss him. I love my son, but not what he’s become.”
Many people shared their sympathies, with one Reddit user commenting: “Leaving seems like a very good idea especially considering the actions taken toward his own brother.
“This can’t be an easy decision, but there are only so many second chances you can give someone, and when you start to suspect they are just using your love as a free pass, it’s time to let them go.”
Another wrote: “I’m sorry to hear that, it sounds like you guys tried everything in your power to do right by him. Some people just won’t change.”
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