My son is in prison in the UK for dealing drugs.
His name and my address was published in our local newspaper. Comments on the news thread ranged from: Lock him up and throw away the key; scum of the earth; bad parenting; to name a few. What my son is in prison for I do not condone. Did my son have a bad upbringing? Far from it and scum of the earth is what I have said in the past about local drug dealers in my area.
I cannot abide drug dealers and if that includes my son then so be it. When he was arrested, I was shocked, saddened and disgusted. He had ample of qualifications to make a good honest life for himself but selling drugs made him easy money. His words, not mine. When I read the comments online the newspaper published, I challenged some of them. Most of the people who commented could not grasp that as his Mother, I hated everything about drugs and dealing them. They started to name call me as a bad Mother and that's when I voiced my opinion. They were entitled to their own and I was entitled to mine.
I visit my son in prison and I take his phone calls. One thing I won't and will never do is send him money. If he needs essentials i.e. clothing and underwear etc; I will fund that but otherwise money for money's sake; no I don't contribute. I have my own bills to take care of.
I love my son but I do not condone what he has done to be where he is. This is what the general public and people who make comments on newspaper threads need to get a grasp of. They started to attack me but what have I got to do with adult decisions my son made?
The person who has posted about her son being bullied at school because a newspaper printed their address is not acceptable. I do not think that small children/children who have been thrust in to a situation they cannot do anything about should be targeted and by newspapers printing addresses and allowing comments online; they are partly responsible for inducing bullying. My son doesn't have children but if he had, I would dragged the editor's name likewise through the mud.
Leave the children out of it and moreso families of prisoners who have been pushed in to a situation through absolutely no fault of their own. My love to all. From Ann.