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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?

by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Not for nothing, but it is my understanding that crossing borders in Europe is no different than passing over state lines in the US, so it's not that far-fetched that he would not have shown papers before getting caught.

And for the record, no-- my kids have never given the slightest indication that they wanted to or tried to run away. 

by on May. 27, 2013 at 9:15 PM


by Queen25Princes on May. 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM
by on May. 28, 2013 at 7:24 AM


by on May. 28, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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by on May. 28, 2013 at 8:25 AM
No, the oldest hasn't. The youngest is too young to have even thought about it.
by on May. 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

No, they haven't.

by on May. 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

yea she did a week ago stay gone for a whole 24 hrs and now this week she decided to tell the police that her dad hits her and now we have to deal with social services ugh teenagers what do they be thinking

by on May. 28, 2013 at 3:57 PM

That is scary!  My kids haven't run away thankfully.

by on May. 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM


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