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‘Very sheltered’ homeschooled Texas teen guns down both of his parents: police

Posted by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 4:26 AM
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A teenager from Frisco, Texas is accused of murdering both of his parents late Monday night.

According to DallasNews.com, the 16-year-old was “very sheltered,” and was being homeschooled by parents who wished to shield him from the world.

The teenaged gunman was one of two school-age children left at home out of five. The deceased — Ryan Callens, 48, and Maria Elena Callens, 49 — had three other adult children.

Frisco Police Officer Chad LaPrelle told theDallas Morning News that officers responded to a 911 call around 2:00 a.m. Monday reporting gunshots. Both Callens parents were dead of gunshot wounds when police reached the residence.

Their 16-year-old son was taken into custody. Police have declined to release the boy’s name because he is a minor. He is currently being held at the Collin County Juvenile Justice Center in McKinney on two counts of murder.

Jonathon Marcum, a 15-year-old friend of the accused killer, told the Morning News, “He was very sheltered. If he broke the guidelines, he got punished.”

The boy was not allowed to drink sodas or watch rated-R films. He was only allowed access to PG-13 films once a screening agency had edited out any violent or adult-themed scenes. He was only allowed access to the Internet under closely supervised conditions.

“His parents were really uptight on him,” added another friend named William Castillo.

Fox Dallas-Ft. Worth reported that the boy attended public elementary school, but that he was homeschooled after that.

Neighbor Natalie Benitez, 15, told the newspaper, “He’s, like, so against school. He’s, like, ‘I would never go back.’”

“It’s still a shock to us,” said Natalie’s mother, Edith Benitez, according to the Morning News’ Valerie Wigglesworth. “He was a really good kid.”

Watch video about this story, embedded below via Fox Dallas-Ft. Worth:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20140811-frisco-teen-charged-in-parents-deaths-was-very-sheltered-friend-says.ece

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kaycamp
by New Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 7:19 AM
Sounds like homeschooling was not the issue, rather he was maybe not wrapped tight and parents knew it, keeping him home because they knew something was not quite right?
ShadowLark
by Bronze Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 7:37 AM
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Quoting kaycamp: Sounds like homeschooling was not the issue, rather he was maybe not wrapped tight and parents knew it, keeping him home because they knew something was not quite right?

Or maybe their "sheltering" made him snap.  Either way, he could have been sent to public school and been JUST as sheltered.  Poor kid!

LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 7:40 AM
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There is generally a cost to being too extreme - either too permissive or too controlling. What a sad story!!
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littlemum41
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM

He said he would never go back to the school. I wonder if he and his parents thought of the school as a "government indoctrination center" ?  His parents WERE very controlling and afraid of the reality outside of their home. That seems to be the case with many home schooling parents. But, not all homeschooled kids lose their minds and shoot their parents or others. This is alarming,though.


numbr1wmn
by Lina on Aug. 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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This is very sad. Homeschooling was not the problem.

I am sure these parents were trying to do the best by their child and it didn't work. Sad really.

Debmomto2girls
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM
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THis is a tragic story. I don't believe this is a homeschool thing. It seems like these parents had severe control issues and the kid snapped.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM
What she said.

Quoting Debmomto2girls:

THis is a tragic story. I don't believe this is a homeschool thing. It seems like these parents had severe control issues and the kid snapped.

yourspecialkid
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM
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 The boy was not allowed to drink sodas or watch rated-R films. He was only allowed access to PG-13 films once a screening agency had edited out any violent or adult-themed scenes. He was only allowed access to the Internet under closely supervised conditions.

Oh the horror!  No sugar filled sodas and monitored internet time!

What does homeschooling have to do with it? 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Perhaps the "home schooling" was another element of the control thing


Lots of lives ruined.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

There is more here than just the fact he was home schooled and not allowed to watch R rated movies.


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