Teen Kills Parents for Taking iPod Away
'I just remember getting mad,' he told police
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2014 2:12 AM CDT
Updated May 30, 2014 5:00 AM CDT
Vincent Parker, 16, will be sentenced in September.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A 16-year-old in Virginia has confessed to murdering his parents with a knife, a crowbar, and a baseball bat because of punishments that including taking his iPod away. Honor roll student Vincent Parker killed his mother first, then lay in wait for his father, who was able to call 911 after being stabbed multiple times and beaten with a crowbar; he died in the hospital, reports the New York Daily News. "I just remember getting mad," Parker told police."It's all from my dad. All this stuff like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff."

Parker pleaded guilty in adult court to two counts of second-degree murder and could face decades in prison when he is sentenced this fall. His maternal grandfather says he hopes the boy doesn't receive the maximum sentence. "I want him to get some type of counseling," he tells WTKR. "Help him to grow up and be an understanding man. Be sorry for what he did do. I told him to ask God to forgive him for what he did." Asked if he had forgiven his grandson, he said, "Well, yes, I have. Because if I don't forgive him, who will?" (In another awful recent murder, a Florida woman may have been partially motivated by the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac when she allegedly killed a 2-year-old girl.)

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scoonjodi
Jun 11, 2014 5:53 AM CDT
who uses an ipod anymore?
fractal
May 31, 2014 1:09 PM CDT
Raging testosterone, combined with adolescent lack of inhibitions and years of graphic violence on the screen makes for bad boys. Inconsistent or violent discipline by elders, bullying by peers, and lack of a cultural mandate for conflict resolution skills adds to the problem. When children and teens act out in this manner, the culture bears a lot of responsibility. Just as male elephants turn violent in the wild when elephant culture has broken down, the culture that doesn't mentor and channel the natural aggression of boys will live to regret it.
sue
May 31, 2014 12:47 PM CDT
Poor parenting. They probably knew he had anger management issues and that he was "off." They ignored it. As a former teacher, I know that there are some kids who have to be handled in non traditional ways because they can go off and have terrible outbursts and tantrums, even teens. This boy does not even realize what he has done.