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?