I just read this on yahoo news that Julie Powers Schenecker, wife of an Army Colonel, killed her 2 children for being “mouthy”. I was in complete disbelief upon reading this. Apparently she shot her son, 13, in the head twice in her SUV taking him to soccer practice because he was talking back. She then went home and parked the SUV in the garage, with the boy still in it, and shot her daughter,16, in the back of head and in the face. The police found Schenecker in her backyard. She admitted to killing her children because she was tired of them disrespecting her and being mouthy.
TALK ABOUT SNAPPED! Her mother was concerned and called the police from Texas because Mrs Schenecker was complaining about the kids and was depressed. This is sad. I know that my children often get on my nerves but not to the point of killing them. If ever I’m too angry I separate myself from the situation and go to my room and lock myself in until I calm down. Even when my husband deployed it never got that bad. When they got on my nerves I would send them outside to play. My boys still talk back but a quick pop to the lips remedies that. (yes I said a pop to the lips.) She could have dropped the son off at practice which I presume would have lasted at least an hour and went to Starbucks or walked around Wal-Mart to find her Zen. The teenage years are troublesome but they pass as with all phases our children go through. I believe that this was a totally premeditated act and selfish I might add. This woman purchased the gun 5 days before the act. She separated them, giving her a greater advantage, by taking her son to “soccer practice”. The act of shooting her daughter in the face shows resentment and disgust. I recently found out that the daughter had called the police on her mother for slapping her several times in the face. She planned to shoot herself but didn’t go through with it. I wonder what stopped her. I reiterate that as military spouses we are afforded so many resources in dealing with deployments, money management, family issues and the like. If she felt overwhelmed with these children she could have asked for help. This was just flat-out selfish. This is just tragic. These children died at the hands of someone who was supposed to have loved them unconditionally.
I am in no way a reporter I just wanted to express my feelings about such a vile act against these children.
- Police: Wife of Army Officer Kills Her 2 Children (abcnews.go.com)
- Police: Mother kills her 2 ‘mouthy’ teens (msnbc.msn.com)