A 'one-boy wave of terror' who has stolen cars, committed arson and terrorised residents is being given free acupuncture in a bid to stop his behaviour.And by 'free', of course, what they mean is you, the taxpayer, is forking out for it.
Sonny Grainger, 14, is notorious in his Hull, East Yorkshire, neighbourhood for smashing windows, attacking passsers-by with sticks, stones and bottles and was just 12 when he was given an Asbo.Well, then, maybe, if it works, it'll be worth it?
He has already been expelled from three schools.
His mother, Nadine West, 40, says the holistic approach is showing signs of working, but admits he remains a menace to neighbours and passers-by - and has urged police to be tougher on her son.He's your kid, love! Why don't you try that?
She said: 'Sonny loves the acupuncture. He is definitely a lot calmer when he walks out after the sessions, but he is still a menace./facepalm
'His school agreed to only have him for three days a week but that was not good enough for Sonny.
'He only needs to attend school on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They have been absolutely fantastic. But he won't go to school now. He has not been since February.'
Who's the adult in this relationship?
'He spends his days hanging out with his friends or playing his computer. I am really worried I will end up getting prosecuted, but he just won't go to school. What more can I do?'Well, you could try taking away his damned computer until he starts doing as he's told..!
But no, this is not her fault, of course. It's the fault of 'the authorities':
His mother believes her family is not being given adequate help and accuses the authorities of biding their time before they throw her son in jail.I think, with an obviously inadequate parent like you, his chances are all flown.
She said: 'Giving him another Asbo when this runs out is not the answer. I honestly believe now it is only a matter of time before he is locked up and they will just throw away the key. Sonny has to learn to meet people halfway, but he is just not interested.
'I would love it if the police could make him attend some kind of boot camp. He might stand a chance.'
Nadine previously claimed Sonny's misbehaviour was down to him suffering from a Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), meaning he does the opposite of what he is told.If that were really true, all she'd have to do is tell the little waste of skin to go upstairs and play on his computer, and he'd trot off to school, wouldn't he?