Affluenza. I won’t lie; the first time I heard this word I thought it was a weird new strain of the flu. In actuality, it is a term used to describe someone with a sense of entitlement who is irresponsible and, now, apparently above the law.
Recently, a Texas teen plead guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter after killing four pedestrians while driving under the influence of alcohol and Valium, deemed Affluenza as his defense … and got out of serving up to 20 years!
I’m no criminal law expert, but it seems that if this was a legitimate defense, probation would not be a fit punishment. It’s essentially saying that teens with an unwarranted sense of entitlement and who have been allowed to get away with everything should continue to be allowed to get away with everything. After all, it’s only fair. You can read the whole story on CBS News.