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Valerie June 2010

“Mother Denied Aid Shoots Children, Self”

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So reads a very small headline in today’s Washington Post.  The brief item states that a 38-year-old Texan mother of two was “unable to qualify for food stamps for months.”   She walked into the state welfare office, initiating a seven hour standoff with authorities, during which she shot her 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.  The she killed herself.

A spokesperson for the welfare office said the mother “didn’t submit enough information.”

Perhaps they feel like they have enough information now?

‘Til next time,

Your (Wo)Man in Washington