Case of young man tied to wall stirs national debate in Netherlands
Officials say Brandon van Ingen has his own apartment where he can move about freely when others are not present.
January 22nd, 2011
04:20 PM ET

Case of young man tied to wall stirs national debate in Netherlands

A Dutch documentary about a mentally ill and potentially dangerous 18-year-old has prompted lawmakers in the Netherlands to re-examine the permissible treatment of those in psychiatric care.

The documentary, which was produced by the Lutheran-run Evangelical Broadcasting Company and aired on public television Tuesday, followed Brandon van Ingen, a patient at a mental hospital in Ermelo. Since 2007, van Ingen has spent part of his days tethered to a wall due to the danger he poses to others, according to State Secretary for Public Health Marlies Veldhuijzen van

The program prompted widespread outrage across the country and sparked a national debate over the care of the mentally ill.

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    they need to give him some weed-ies and maybe he will chill out.

    and maybe a flesh-light

    January 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • dot

      its very shortsided that you think that drugs can make it better ,what if you had a child that was attached for 3 years??

      January 24, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. deej

    Maybe a three wolves tee shirt will make him saner. It certainly seems to work for you.

    January 23, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ibitz

    If they lock him in solitary people will complain. Medicate him and people complain. The guy is getting fed, has a roof over his head and is getting help.

    January 23, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    There are a lot of people that should be tethered to a wall for life and kicked like a dog. So? Start with the Iranian president and his superiors, Arizona shooter along with his smirk, and serial killers. If we did that, wouldn't this be a more secure world? Honestly?

    January 23, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip, nothing we have tried has secured this world. We live unsecured lives, but are constantly being told By the worlds governments that they and their laws are securing our future. They aren't. They just act like they do.. Precious few can see that they are not genuine. Most are duped into believing mankind's governments can provide peace and security.

    January 23, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    When I was a youngster, my parents told me to never open the cellar door. One day my parents went shopping, so I decided to do it! I walked up to the door and nervously opened it. Lo and behold there was the sun, the clouds, the mountains. It is soooo glorious. (ttl, my parents are back)

    January 23, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. tomcat

    Hmmm....not much debate here.....movin on....

    January 23, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    This page won't let me post my comment, so I'm moving on, too. I've tried three different times already, over two days, and it won't let me.

    January 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cybernetic1

      I posted a comment here too, and it still hasn't appeared after some minutes.
      The commenting service here is just unusable.
      And I feel upset reading some people's ridiculous posts and unable to respond =(

      January 28, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @banasy: I know what you mean. Believe me.

    January 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tomcat

    hmmmm. Still no debate? Whatsamattayou?

    January 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    I will debate you tomcat. try and find something we disagree on first though. (he he) And hi banasy. I had the same problem trying to reply to your "V" thingy the other day. (shrug) Good seeing you all again. I took off for a few days. Didn't anyone miss me at all? sniffle

    January 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Yes, Philip, half the world missed you as well as CNN.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    But not you Cesar?

    January 24, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    Yes, definetly, Philip.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip


    January 24, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
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