27 Suspended – The Viola Player

A look at the first signs that, if not handled properly, a child could be precipitated towards involvement with the criminal justice system. We meet Alex (not his real name), a diminutive 10-year-old 4th-Grader who was born nearly 2 months prematurely, and who was recently suspended from school for several days for an assault on another boy. His mother, Beth, describes what kind of boy Alex is, emotionally, socially, cognitively and academically. When Alex returns from school, he treats us to a tune on the viola. In future episodes, we will be delving into Alex’s history from birth, and considering some of the developmental and family factors that may have contributed to his personality and tendency towards occasional violent outbursts.

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

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