There are problems with it.
1) He has lived in a "troubled" neighbourhood, yet it seems he has not been bullied until he was eleven years old. If he lived in my neighbourhood (which I admit was neither crowded nor troubled) the bullies must have known him long before he was eleven. Why didn't they...
Best answer: There are problems with it.
1) He has lived in a "troubled" neighbourhood, yet it seems he has not been bullied until he was eleven years old. If he lived in my neighbourhood (which I admit was neither crowded nor troubled) the bullies must have known him long before he was eleven. Why didn't they torment him ever since he was six and starting grade school?
2) I assume that his neighbourhood was inner-city because he is aware of more than one or two mentally-disturbed adults living in it. If there are many, and since one was his grandmother, how does the boy know their behaviors are not normal? Are his parents also mentally disturbed? Are or were they meth addicts, or addicted to other drugs that made them dysfunctional when he was born? Was his grandmother an addict? Were the other mentally disturbed people and those making the neighbourhood "troubled" substance abusers? If his family and neighbours were substance abusers, that might have been a contributing factor in his bipolar disorder and the abusive actions of the other kids.
3) His parents don't appear to be addicts or mentally dysfunctional, but, having experience of coping with a mentally ill parent, were they not worried enough to start seeking help for his mental state through their doctor before he was fourteen? I say "doctor" because would he not have been referred to a psychiatrist by his family doctor, and if medical care is not covered by his state as it is by my province, how could his parents pay for the physician, the psychiatrist, the assessments and the medications? They live in a troubled neighborhood, and "troubled" is a euphemism for 1) poor income and 2) crime-ridden.
4) He is aware of his creativity, and does not want to block it with medications. But he smokes weed and takes illegal drugs. If he smokes weed and takes street drugs to enhance his mood and thus his creativity, why does he not take the anti-depressant pills prescribed for him. A depressed and suicidal person cannot create, and it always is a struggle, even on "up" days, to stay focused on composition. If he takes them to alter his perceptions, he must know that marijuana and mood altering drugs do not always provide a great "trip". Most teens fifty years ago were made aware of the effects of hallucinogens - that attempts to get a high was a gamble that could leave them with a fried brain if not dead. What is his "creativity", BTW? In Art? Writing? Acting? Improv comedy?
5) What was the form of his "suicidal outburst"? He was in the midst of a criminal act or the police would not have burst in and aimed guns at him. Robbery? Death or rape threats? Assault? He would have had a weapon. Why didn't he use it on himself? Why torment, assault, kill the clerk? What would it get him? If he really wanted to die - and I doubt that he did want to die when he entered the store - why didn't he do it? Why make the police do the work of relieving his misery for him? The "blaze of glory martyr-hero" or the "poor little me" scenario?
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