Sue Scheff: Update on Teen Set on Fire by other Teens

On October 12th, 2009 we were all shocked and horrified by the story of 15-year-old Michael Brewer, Deerfield Beach, Florida resident, who was doused in alcohol and set on fire by other teens.

Three teens are being charged and tried as adults in Broward County.  This outragious form of bullying is not only unacceptable it leaves us questioning what is happening with some of our teens today?  What prompts a child/teen to this type of violence?

Recently Michael Brewer received his first skin graft.  A Jackson Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said Brewer was listed in stable condition after the Dec. 4 procedure.

More than $100,000 has been raised on Michael’s behalf, and the family has gotten a massive outpouring of support.  Locally there have been many fund raisers.  For more information you can visit Neigbors Helping Neighbors which has created a fund for the family of Michael Brewer.

In November, Michael Brewers parents were on The Early Show shortly after Michael was able to share his story to detectives.

According to The Early Show: His mother, Valerie Brewer, told “Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith Wednesday Michael is making progress in “leaps and bounds. (Tuesday) in physical therapy, they actually had him up, walking up and down the stairs.”
 

Michael’s physician, Dr. Nicholas Namias, the head of Jackson Memorial’s burn center, says Michael “still has significant hurdles ahead. They’re not dramatic hurdles every day, they’re hard work hurdles for him, over the long haul. … He has to go to physical therapy every day. And it hurts. Every motion, every movement, because his major joints really all are affected. Every motion that you and I take for granted hurts him.”

Related stories: CBS News 48 Hours, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami HeraldGood Morning America, Michael Brewer Foundation on Facebook

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