“Mother Denied Aid Shoots Children, Self”

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

About Valerie Young

Valerie Young is a public policy analyst who focuses on the economic status of mothers and other family caregivers. She promotes social justice by arming mothers with information and a healthy dose of outrage. She is the Advocacy Coordinator at the National Association of Mothers' Centers, and is a reporter for The Shriver Report and contributor to Brain/Child Magazine. Follow her blog, Your (Wo)Man in Washington, on Twitter @WomanInDC and on Facebook as Valerie Young and Your (Wo)Man in Washington.