For months, Amanda Bynes has been like a runaway train charging out-of-control down the tracks. Multiple arrests … bizarre behavior … friends begging for someone to help her. Many people feared a dramatic crash and fiery explosion.
A much smaller fire may have paved the way for her to get the help she obviously needs. Last week it was reported by multiple outlets, such as the New York Daily News, that Amanda Bynes set her pants on fire and accidentally doused her pet Pomeranian with gasoline in the driveway of an unsuspecting elderly woman. She reportedly fled the scene, tried to wash the dog off at a convenience store, and fled again. Bynes was picked up by authorities, who had her committed to a 72-hour psychiatric hospitalization.
This latest incident has given her parents the impetus to file for conservatorship over her. They filed last week, and had their first court hearing Friday morning.
Many people think it’s about time. But filing for guardianship or conservatorship over a loved one is never an easy choice. These are onerous court proceedings, through which someone loses the right to make even basic decisions, like where to live, what to spend money on, and who to spend time with. Normally, they are reserved for elderly people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or those with developmental disabilities. They should never be undertaken lightly, especially for a younger adult.