Who Believes in Affluenza?

Now when someone hears the word “Affluenza” their first reaction may be “what is that?” or for ones that do know what it is they may just shake their head and have no comment. Well I would have to be that person to just have no comment towards it and just have to walk away from the subject but not after hearing it brought up to the court as an excuse for killing people.

Now do I have your attention? Well the case that it was brought to the court was the case of a kid named Ethan Couch (16 years of age) that was driving his father’s pickup truck with a couple of his buddies and lost control of the vehicle and killed four people and injured many.

Mr. Couch is a young rich boy that has never been punished in his life even if he got into some trouble with the law when he was found in a parking lot inside of a parked pickup truck with a passed out undressed 14 year old girl in the passage seat. Couch was also able to drive a vehicle at the age of 13 so that law is not that big of a deal to him, but hey neither is killing people I guess.

For those of you that do not know what the word “Affluenza” means, it means a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation. To the point, it is an excuse for the rich children to get away with anything a middle or lower class person can’t.

Is this fair to anyone? Maybe to the rich people but to most of the population, if this crime was placed on anyone else without the money or fame they would be in jail at the moment and that case would never hit further than local news.

The question now is, do we think there was justice in this case or in the decision to let Mr. Couch get away from a 20 or more year sentence that anyone else would get and only get a 10 year probation period and a couple years of rehab for the so called illness? Obviously I have to disagree with the decision due to the fact that this boy is still free and those families that have lost their own has to live with that loss for the rest of their lives because a so called “rich kid” has never had no punishment in his life? There was no justice in this case and I am sure the look on the families faces shows that to this day that there was none.

We have to look at this for our people in the future, are these kids or even rich adults given the same punishment as the middle or lower class? Can money buy anything? Or even something as a person’s life?

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5 Responses to Who Believes in Affluenza?

  1. lgallar1 says:

    Sadly sometimes money does buy anything especially people, not lives because once your dead you are dead. Like my mother says, “You given the dog money and he will dance.” To make this more applicable; with money you can hire a great defense attorney and they will butter up the case for you if you are willing to pay for it. Its sucks but it is the truth. In studies, especially in criminal justice studies, it shows people are still being discriminated in the justice system due to gender, ethnicity, and especially class. It is a sad reality but it is true, the lower in rank you are, class, the less special treatment you receive. For example Celebrities, we see it all the time! They are tried for: DUYs, murder, going over the speed limit or misconduct and like with Chris Brown domestic violence. With these charges they are not punished but given slight punishments they do not even get the punishments that normal civilians receive like prison for many years or maybe deportation, Justin Bieber.
    I truly believe that “Affluenza” thing is a whole lot of horse poop. I truly despise when people plea insanity just so they have a lower sentence. I understand people at times are insane but a lot of people use it in a twisted way that should not be tolerated. This man murdered people, he deserves to serve his sentence to the fullest just like everybody else does when they commit accidental man slaughter (if that’s what they call it, I cannot remember). But, because he has money he can get away with it and that is sad and has to change.

  2. seancity971 says:

    I have never heard of affluenza before and i will not make much inference on it because of this. But based off of your post alone, it seems that this is a very serious issue that should not be tolerated by anyones standards. It violates all levels of morals and reasoning the justice system and, if it is as serious as you say, seems to completely disregard some criminals from their cases. After reading this post i will be looking into affluenza to see what the history of this issue is, but for now I am simply shocked that this has been going on.

  3. jamietraxler says:

    I recognize the word affluenza, but I wasn’t sure what it meant, so thank you for that clarification. Obviously, killing people is wrong. However, the boy is only 14 and is not fully grown and mature enough to make conscious choices and decisions. I don’t know the situation, but judging from the circumstances he should receive the proper punishments and prosecutions that a normal 14 year old boy would. Law is politics. Money goes a long way even with the law. Those families did loose their hearts and it’s devastating, but I’m not sure affluenza is the only factor here, he is just a kid. And families with lots of money spend lots of money to make sure that their name and image stay in tact.

  4. pjshield says:

    I heard about this story in December and the overall ruling is just tragic. It just shows the lack of responsibility people are taking. Both the parents and the kid have to blame something else for this boy’s behavior. It’s a tragedy on the American legal system that this can even be considered a rational thing. I also saw that his rehab facility is pretty much just a 5-star hotel for about 150,000 dollars per year. Does the state really think this will cure his “affluenza” if they want to call it a real disease? If they really want him to get a grip on life they should send him to some sort of juvenile detention system at the minimum. Sending him to a fancy resort on the beach for “rehab” where the hardest thing they do is take away their game consoles is not what will help this kid. It’s a shame that the legal system has gone this low.

  5. jenny9213 says:

    This is definitely something worth looking into. It sounds quite outrageous that the wealthy have some sort of excuse for what they do. However, I can understand why they play this in court. I mean, you certainly have a different upbringing if your family is wealthy. I can see what they mean by the isolation because, in a sense, the normal consequences are sheltered from some of the wealthy children. Yet, it doesn’t excuse the decisions a person makes for themselves. In this case, a sixteen year old is still a minor under the law and it’s plausible that the consequences weren’t considered. If the child was always allowed to do as they wish without appropriate consequences then his idea of consequences is misconstrued from what others view as appropriate consequences. I’m not in any way saying that it’s right but the argument can still hold because it’s plausible.

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