District attorney suggests anger management classes for college basketball player

If your child has had a run in with the law, you may worry that they won’t be able to recover from the stigma of a criminal charge. However, in some cases, a legal official may be able to recognize an anger management issue that, if addressed, could keep a young adult from committing similar actions in the future.

This week, Pennsylvania Assistant District Attorney Lauren McNulty did just that. According to Carl Hessler Jr. of the Journal Register, a U.S. publication, McNulty recommended that JayVaughn Pinkston – a Brooklyn Native and sophomore at Villanova University – be admitted into the district’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. The source states that Pinkston has been charged with assaulting another individual at a college party in 2010.

If the sophomore, who plays for the Villanova Wildcats, is accepted into the program, he will be able to clear his criminal record after taking anger management classes, serving two years of probation, paying for medical costs associated with the incident and completing a designated amount of community service. Avoiding the assaulted individuals and maintaining his academic standing in school are also provisions of the program, the source states.

Generally, only young offenders who committed non-violent crimes and have no past history of offenses are eligible, but McNulty “determined that the facts and circumstances of the events surrounding JayVaughn Pinkston involvement with the criminal justice system are best resolved by his acceptance and participation in the ARD Program,” the Journal Register reports. The decision now goes to the presiding judge on Pinkston’s case.

Does your teenage son or daughter have difficulty keeping their rage under control? If so, addressing this issue now may be the best way to prevent it from marring their promising futures. Our teen anger management classes have been specifically designed to help young adults develop the skills they need to stop their negative emotions from ruling their lives.

Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC

Dr. Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC specializes in anger management, family conflict resolution, marital and premarital conflict resolution. His extensive knowledge in the field of anger management may enable you to use his tested methods to deal with your anger issues.


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