Local teen boy learns how to cope with his emotions in a healthy way

Local teen boy learns how to cope with his emotions in a healthy way

Ruthie Light, Reporter

Recently, there has been an event in which local administrators have been calling a “miracle from god himself.” Kyle Smith, a 15 year-old sophomore who attends the Corry Area Middle-High School, has been working especially hard to deal with his emotions in a way that is not damaging to the people, and things, around him. 

According to Smith’s mother, Martha, he has struggled with maintaining his anger for years. As a matter of fact, she has taken to her public Facebook account multiple times in the past to seek guidance about how to control her son’s coping mechanisms, which include: punching holes in walls, kicking and screaming on the ground, shouting offensive and vulgar language, and telling his mother to “shut up and make him a sandwich.” However, after receiving little-to-no beneficial feedback, she has decided to take matters into her own hands.

At first, her husband, Mark, was completely against the idea of sending his son to therapy. He expressed that “his son is tough and does not need a woman to cry to.” This statement, though, did cause an uproar of backlash towards Mark that later persuaded him to let his wife book the long-anticipated appointment. 

Mark, however, was not the only person that was concerned about the idea of therapy. Smith was also reported to have a breakdown outside the doors of the facility, and supposedly even tried to punch a hole in the brick exterior. Now, not only does the young man have to talk about his feelings for an hour a day, but he also has to do it with several injured knuckles. Although it has not been exposed to the public what has happened during the appointment, there have been many instances over the past month of people seeing him in an aggressive manner outside of the area. With that being said, these instances have decreased over time, showing a sense of growth in Smith.

“Although vulgar language is still something we are trying to work on decreasing, punching the walls has now become something that happens only occasionally!” says Mrs. Smith in a rather excited tone. “Still though,” she adds, “you can’t expect him to be perfect. Boys will be boys!”

After all of the hardship therapy has set upon Smith, he seems to finally be maturing. “Even though I still find my way of reacting to things very effectively,” Smith explains. “I am only 15. I still have time for growth.”