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A Teenager Shoots a Gun
Teenager Shoots a Gun and Kills Someone
My 15 year old son dreamed he shot another teen as they had a play battle with toy guns; he shot him once and the boy walked away. He was shocked and as he left, he heard his ROTC Sgt ask, "What was that?” The Sgt’s wife says under her breath, "The damn Puerto Ricans". My son says to her, "Don’t be racist, please don’t say that," but she looks at him in disgust so he argues with the Sgt.
Scenes jump around, then he shoots a girl he randomly sees at school and she tells her grandfather who has connections with the police. My son calls her on the phone and apologizes, saying, “I didn't mean to shoot you,” but the grandfather calls the cops anyway.
Then my son is at home at his computer and gets a call from a rapper he likes, who says: “I'm outside your house, do you want to chill?" He knew it was the police trying to get him to go outside. He walks into my bedroom and tells me, "The police are here, I have to go". I freak out; he explains they are there because he shot someone and we exchange goodbyes. As he goes to the front door to exit the house, he sees that police are surrounding the house with drawn weapons. He touches the door knob and as he twists the knob, he wakes up.
He woke up and thought it was real.
Main Life Issues:
He has anger issues and doesn’t like to be bored, but is never violent.
Someone acts inappropriately, acknowledges it and prepares to accept the consequences.
Gun: To a teen boy, a gun represents being powerful and in control.
Police: What is lawful, correct words and actions; consequences.
Turning self in: Accepting the consequences, becoming aware.
What it Means:
The key to the dream lies in the meaning of the gun as a symbol for a teenage boy. To your son, the gun represents being powerful and in control, yet in this dream, the gun is used inappropriately. The dream shows your son's efforts to learn to interact with others feeling strong without overdoing it, such as not getting angry or mean.
Dreams exaggerate to make a point. Shooting a gun is a metaphor for actions and words as missiles; like a gun, words are a powerful tool that can be used positively or negatively. Shooting fellow teens represent times he didn't do so well in what he said or how he acted, saying something angry or aggressive, then regretting it. The police represent his awareness of what is lawful; he knew he went too far and did not behave the way he should have.
Bottom Line: The dream is not about guns or shooting. As a typical, budding young man, your son is working through feelings of anger at what does not feel fair, versus a need to feel empowered and in control. It mirrors his struggle and awareness of what is lawful in interactions with people. The dream shows progress because he surrenders to the police, accepting consequences and what is lawful.
Thank you so much! You eased my mind.
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