Defeating the Purpose

Thompson and Ford... the unhappy couple (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)

Thompson and Ford… the unhappy couple (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)

On Monday night, deputies in Spartanburg, South Carolina responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at the apartment of 22-year-old Sheelah Thompson and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Tyler Ford. The disturbance was actually a fight that broke out between the couple as they were watching a movie.

According to the latest reports, Ford starting asking Thompson questions about their relationship and when she wouldn’t respond—and only shrugged him off—he hit her on the foot and cheek. She walked outside and Ford asked her to come back inside so the neighbors wouldn’t call the police, but when she refused, he slammed the door and locked her out. Eventually, he opened the door to let Thompson back in, but she then returned the favor and started hitting him.

Then she stabbed him with a box cutter.

By the time the cops arrived, Thompson had a noticeable bump on her forehead, while Ford had a deep gash in his forearm. Thompson claimed that Ford strangled her, threatened to kill her and even struck their infant daughter several times on the legs because she was crying. They were both arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence—Ford’s second such offense—but this isn’t what I found most interesting about this story.

What is interesting, however, is the weapon Ford used to attack Thompson: the book he was given when he started to attend anger management classes after his last charge!

Now if that doesn’t defeat the purpose of anger management, I don’t know what does!

Posted on March 27, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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