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Have Your Children Ever Run Away?

Posted by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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Boy, 13, Drives Car 500 Miles Across Country to Find His Birth Parents

Posted by Julie Ryan Evans

roadWhen most children get in fights with their parents, they storm off to their rooms; maybe they take off to a friend's house once in awhile. A 13-year-old boy, however, recently took his anger a little bit further, when he stole his father's Mercedes, then ran away and drove more than 500 miles across country.

According to BBC, the boy's fight was with his adoptive mother about a cell phone bill. They live in Northern Italy, and when he didn't like what she had to say, he grabbed his passport, a couple hundred dollars, and hopped in the car in search of his birth family -- who happens to live in Poland For almost 24 hours he drove across Europe, crossing two international borders, and filling up with gas twice, with plans to meet his biological sister. 

He never made it.

Finally, German police interrupted the joyride and stopped the boy near Liepizig. Fortunately, no one was physically harmed, but the thought of a 13-year-old making that journey is crazy. According to reports, he is an "expert go-kart driver," which apparently served him pretty well behind the wheel of a Mercedes.

Eleonora Spadati from the Montebelluna police department told AFP news agency."He looks like a 16-year-old, but still! He managed to fuel up and pass two borders. It's just incredible,"

But while the story has a happy ending of sorts, and his adopted parents went to Germany to bring him back home, I can't help but wonder how this family is going to go on from here. Police say he's remorseful and realizes what he did was wrong, but clearly the boy misses his biological family. He was reportedly adopted two years, though there are no reports as to why, and his biological sister still lives with his biological parents, which sounds like a pretty tough situation for anyone. His adoptive parents have to be hurt, worried, and fearful of what the future holds after this incident. I mean really, what kind of punishment is there for something like this? It's not your typical teen angst story.

Hopefully they'll all be able to get the help they need to work through this to ensure it doesn't happen again. And hopefully the boy will find some other legal way to practice his impressive driving skills.

Have your children ever run away?
What's the furthest your child has ever run away?

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02nana07
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

 If he wants to see his family that bad he should get to visit I don't know the situation but how can the parents be if the sister still lives with them.  I am sure he feels abandoned and needs help to get past this.

atlmom2
by Susie on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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No, because they knew they would never have a life. I threatened and my parents told me they would help me pack, lol.
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shorty13417
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

sounds like my mom  LOL... my son has threatened but never has but i would do him the same i was done... 'help him pack'  LOL

Quoting atlmom2:

No, because they knew they would never have a life. I threatened and my parents told me they would help me pack, lol.


fantasticfour
by Grumpy on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

That's what I tell my kids when they tell me they are leaving.  They don't want to live here but they don't want to go anywhere else either.  Like my son, who regularly tells me he doesn't need or want me, so I ask him where he would like to go to live and he just stares at me like I'm the one insane!

Quoting atlmom2:

No, because they knew they would never have a life. I threatened and my parents told me they would help me pack, lol.


mumsy2three
by Shauna on Jan. 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

No they haven't.

Barabell
by Barbara on Jan. 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

No, he has not.

zacmacsmomm
by Bronze Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

When my daughter was 3 years old she kept a bag packed for emergencies when she was mad at me lol.  She was so cute.  But otherwise no, my kids know how good they have it here :)

KarenR
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

No but she threatens to go live in her car. Funny because the car in our names not hers!

drfink
by Emily on Jan. 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM

 

Quoting fantasticfour:

That's what I tell my kids when they tell me they are leaving.  They don't want to live here but they don't want to go anywhere else either.  Like my son, who regularly tells me he doesn't need or want me, so I ask him where he would like to go to live and he just stares at me like I'm the one insane!

Quoting atlmom2:

No, because they knew they would never have a life. I threatened and my parents told me they would help me pack, lol.


That's what I told mine ,except I told them they had to leave the good stuff behind.They all have wound up in a very large tree in our yard...they sit think ,pout ,feel sorry for themselves but eventually come back in. 

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