By now, you’ve probably heard of the case of Michael Thomas-McGraw, the 14-year-old whose death was ruled a homicide by the California Highway Patrol in January.
Michael’s death has become the topic of many a conversation about child abuse and neglect, and as a result, it’s become an issue in the 2016 presidential election.
The death has also become a cause celebre in the community, especially among those who have a deep connection to the family.
But what exactly does the family think of their son’s death?
Is there a deeper truth to what happened to their son?
And, what is your mother thinking?
The family has already told the world what happened, but what is their relationship with Michael’s mother?
Here are some of the things they have to say about their son.
“My son was a little rough around the edges, like I said, he’s very bright, he was always very bright.
He always seemed to be thinking, ‘What is this all about?'”
The family says they weren’t always aware of the severity of Michael’s problems, and that their son was always in control.
“I know he’s in therapy,” says his mother, who is currently in California.
“But we didn’t know about the things that were going on with him.
He was so shy, so I just tried to keep him away from people, because I didn’t want to get into his head.”
She adds that, at one point, she and her husband were told by a social worker that they shouldn’t go to a family meeting.
“She said, ‘You don’t have to come to a meeting.
If you do, you’ll get in trouble.’
I said ‘No, I’m coming.'”
“He was very quiet, but I never noticed he was being bullied.
He wasn’t going to be bullied.
And he was just always very happy.”
His mother says that he had an “almost perfect” personality.
“A very quiet kid,” she says.
“That was his whole thing.
He never said much, but he was quiet.
He loved his friends.
And I don’t know why, because he never said anything to me.”
“At one point I thought, ‘I’m going to have to talk to him about something,’ and I started going to his school.
I thought it was going to get better, but nothing ever did.”
The family adds that they were “not able to tell his teacher anything, and I felt like he was a total, total failure.”
“One day my son said, [he] didn’t like school, so he went to his friends house.
I said to my husband, ‘Michael, are you going to tell him?
Are you going out with him?’
And he said, no, he doesn’t like to go out.
And we were like, ‘Well, then we can’t tell him.’
And I said that, and he was like, no.”
“I don’t even know if I would have been able to have said something to him.
My husband said, and then he just kept crying.”
“We were always very close.
We had a great relationship.”
“We did everything together, he never left home.
We were always on time.
We took care of each other.
He knew how to dress, he knew how much he loved his dad.
And my husband said ‘well, Michael, your dad doesn’t have any money, but you do.'”
He adds, “My husband said to me, ‘It’s just not fair to your dad, and you know what?
He doesn’t deserve it.’
And that’s the reason we didn’t say anything.”
“Michael would always ask for more, and it was always to the point where I would say, ‘Please, I don’t know if we can do this, but it’s not fair, we don’ t want to see this.
He would always want more, but at the same time, he always wanted to be there.
And at one time, I would get up and go to his room and he would just lie there and cry.”
“And then I would go and get my phone, and we would text each other all the time, and at the end of the text he’d be like, [to his mom], ‘Mom, I love you.'”
“When he was around us, he would never ask us for anything.
He wanted to make sure that we were OK.
He asked for everything.
He’d be, like, oh, I’ve got a new iPad, so that’s all I needed.
And if he needed something, he’d say, well, you know, he just wants to make you feel safe.
And then he would be like: ‘Oh, it was just a dream.
You just have to accept it.'”
“Every single day he would tell me,