July 5th, 2011 20:45 EST
Lessons Learned From Casey Anthony Not Guilty Verdict
1. Feelings of the public are at an all-time high giving people an opportunity to express themselves about many issues raised by the case, like justice, truth, parenting, lying, sex and drugs in youth, family dysfunction, and the law. It is causative that people can use this case and this verdict as a chance to talk about these major issues but then they need to not just discuss the Casey Anthony case, but also how these issues apply in their own lives. In other words after discussing what a bad parent Casey is, and talk about parenting in your own experience and children.
2. Casey Anthony being proven innocent feels like a farce and an outrage just like the O. J. case who lose confidence in the justice system and the law. From a psychological point pf view, even though the law was carried out to the letter and there was obviously reasonable doubt, most people know and feel in their guts, that she is guilty and that Casey got away with murder. The problem is that the letter of the law is often at odds with what could be the truth. The facts of a case can be totally opposite to the feelings about it but the legal system is hand-strung and people can lose confidence.
3. The outrage over Casey`s acquittal offers warnings:
A. to families and schools to teach good parenting
B. to families and schools to teach family life skills and sex education
C. to young girls not to get pregnant
D. to programs that communities and the government need to institute about sex and drug use in young people
E. to all levels of society not to tolerate "bad girl" behavior that is being promoted with wild behavior in the media and on TV shows giving extremely dangerous role models including shows like "Teen Mom" and Internet postings that perpetuate stories about teens, sex, drugs, partying and aggression.
F. social service programs for family therapy need to be funded since the Anthony family are such a perfect example of a dysfunctional family with the daughter`s acting out, the mothers lying and the fathers depression and suicidal behavior.
4. All of these issues should be discussed in every household that has been obsessed with this case instead of just arguing about the verdict.