Originally Posted by OnTheFence
I think you should reserve judgement in calling a child, any child a sociopath.
Well, to be fair, she didn't call him a sociopath, just recommended getting him evaluated to see if he WAS a sociopath. A subtle but important difference there, especially in light of the fact that she hadn't read the rest of the thread.
OTF, I'm wondering why you posted this here at all if you've already got the psychologist "on the case" as it were. What were you hoping to gain by opening up the discussion on a public forum? I'm not trying to be confrontational, I'm genuinely curious. You had to know that some people would be majorly freaked out by the behavior and that the responses would not be all warm and fuzzy. At any rate, it sounds like you're confident that you're doing what's best for your son so I would try not be bothered too much by the debate here (I know that must be tough though as it has gotten rather personal to say the least!). I do think the subject is interesting and it's worth keeping the dialog going.
To be honest, I'm disturbed by many of the actions (and not just OTF's son) against animals that have been described on this thread. I have to wonder how different some of the replies would be if we were talking about running over, microwaving, spray painting, stoning to death, pulling the legs off of (etc etc) tiny kittens instead of frogs or reptiles or bugs. I think many of the replies would have a different tone if the injured animal(s) was something cute and furry. Then again maybe not??
Trying hard not to judge but as a touchy-feely animal lover it's difficult for me to read some of the things posted here.
I have taught my kids from birth not to hurt animals and especially
animals that make their homes outside the confines of our house. We've spent many hours together observing animals outside. My kids have never shown any violent tendencies towards animals and will actually step around bugs on the sidewalk (for example) to avoid hurting them. They've done this from a very young age. I wonder if others here have had the same experience with their own kids and that's why the OP is getting such a strong negative reaction in some of the replies. To someone like me, mutilating an animal who is minding its own business does seem like very extreme behavior and something I personally would be very hard-pressed to explain away as normal experimentation.
Again, NOT trying to harshly judge anyone on this thread. Just trying to offer some perspective as to why some people are upset (to put it mildly) by some of the acts described on this thread.