Carlos Eduardo - posted on 09/24/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
I am not a mom, rather I am a 18 year old guy. I joined this website to seek help for a younger brother of mine who has gotten out of hand. He is 13 years old, disrespectful, verbally abusive, he affiliates himself with gangs, steals and sells what he stole to finance his purchase of marijuana. He's had problems at his earlier school with bullying and hanging with very negatively influential "friends", so my parents moved him out of the school and district to another school and district, where he joined a new gang and was caught by school administrators with marijuana. My mom is absolutely devastated and is under constant stress. My parents have considered sending him to a boot camp, but they financially tied, so that is not a option. I defended my brother every time my parents accused him of theft or substance use, saying that "he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time" or "the missing items must have been misplaced, there is no need to jump to conclusions of theft". However, after being caught with the substance, all my efforts to protect him became for nothing. I am deeply worried about my brother and want to help him, and my mom feels like she can't deal with him anymore. What should we do? Please help us!