Sauk County authorities have charged a 13-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his father after he got into trouble at school.
At a hearing Wednesday, Michael Crisafulli sobbed most of the time, but said "yes" when the judge asked if he understood the charges. Under Wisconsin law, he's charged as an adult.
The judge set bail at $500,000 and ordered a mental evaluation. Relatives say the boy has autism.
The boy was found wandering around a Walmart store Tuesday night. Police later found 55-year-old Angelo "Nick" Crisafulli dead in his Town of Delton home with a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
The complaint says the boy told police he had a "balloon of anger" that finally broke. The complaint says the boy was expelled from school Tuesday and his father was angry.
First of all, what kind of justice is charging a 13-year-old as an adult? What is wrong with Wisconsin?
Second, I realize it's weird to talk about shared responsibility when one of the parties is dead, but does anyone wonder what kind of a dad Mr. Crisafulli was if young Michael was that afraid to face him? I do. I don't think kids who are just-turned-teenagers have that kind of rage and fear unless they learn it at home.
And what about the gun? Do you think dad was probably a gun owner who taught his son about guns? Do you think the son may have learned some unintentional lessons besides gun safety, things like "when you're in a tough spot, the gun can save you?" What do you think?
Please leave a comment and don't be afraid to read into the story a little bit, that's what I do.