Chou Sa-Ngoun was desperate.
Her teenage son was skipping school for weeks at a time, using drugs, getting arrested, staying out all night, hanging out with the wrong kids.
Nothing she did seemed to make any difference. Grounding didn’t work. Neither did yelling, crying, taking away privileges, counseling, switching schools, probation or stints in juvenile hall.
She called the Army, but was told her son, Michael Sa-Ngoun, was too young to enlist. She begged for temporary placement in a foster home, but law-enforcement and social-service agencies said there wasn’t much more they could do for him, or to him. He wasn’t really that bad, they said.
When there was nothing else left to do, she and her husband took the family on a two week vacation to Cambodia where they announced, one week into the trip, that they were leaving the kid at a monastery.
Kid freaks out… but gets left anyway… and the story has a great ending.
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