that is just plain bad judgement.
this kid was troubled his whole life and it doesn't seem to have been a secret to anyone who knew him.
i guess some parents make excuses for their children in the name of love and don't consider possible repercussions to everyone else.
in some ways it's very similar to our excusing our smoking. we don't consider the repercussions to those around us yet, there may be many as time passes and the results become apparent. will we make those around us suffer by watching us die gasping for breath or coughing up blood?
STOP WHILE YOU STILL CAN!
BEFORE IT STOPS YOU!
smoking is not an innocent past time, it's more a cruel master.
"it will never be done with you until you are done with it"