Andrew exploded in anger. It had become a natural reaction to him, because when Andrew created a mess in his father’s house, he would be hit.
When Andrew was seven-years-old, his parents divorced. His mother moved away to another state, and Andrew lived alone with his father. When he returned home from work at night, Andrew’s father immediately began to drink. And if Andrew’s chores weren’t done exactly right, or if he hadn’t finished his homework, Andrew’s father became physically abusive.
One day, Andrew failed his math test at school, and his teacher told him he needed to get the test signed by his father. Andrew was terrified. In his head, he debated if he would be better off just forging the signature. Andrew eventually showed his father, a decision he immediately regretted.
Andrew’s father was furious when he saw the test. He told Andrew that he worked too hard for him to come home with failing grades, and he beat Andrew so badly that his lip split open and his face was covered with black and blue marks. Because of the visibility of these injuries, Andrew’s father forbade him from going to school the rest of the week and called the school to tell them he was sick.
For years, Andrew suffered physical abuse and lived in fear. Whenever a cut or a bruise became noticeable, Andrew’s father instructed him to explain that he got hurt playing sports after school. By the time Andrew got to high school, he began to display anger problems of his own. He was quick to lose his temper in class and was often sent to the principal’s office. Then, Andrew got into a fistfight with a classmate and was suspended from school.
After the suspension, Andrew was required to meet weekly with the counselor at his high school. The counselor sometimes noticed the cuts and bruises on Andrew, but Andrew always had a story.