Remember this story when you hear that only police should have guns. People will still try to steal and use them in domestic assaults. Of course, there’s no guarantee that poor Rachel was the burglar, but she was in possession of stolen property.
The bigger issue here is why the mother has any question about pressing charges. The 17-year-old committed domestic violence, kidnapping, and fraud. Mom was beaten, and forced at gunpoint to drive somewhere and do something she didn’t want to do. At this point, as painful as it’s going to be, mom needs to introduce her daughter to the realities of life, and one of those realities is losing the right to go an Ivy League school after beating and kidnapping your mom. Rachel’s mom needs to accept that she was a victim here. Rachel made the choices to commit multiple felonies, and all the teaching in the world can’t stop stupid.