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#1 goofy

Posted 02 April 2004 - 10:06 AM

I was just reading the Daily Telegraph (Sydney paper) when I came across an article about a 5 year old girl from the Northern Territory who is a drug addict.

Her 9 year old and 13 year old sisters also smoke drugs and drink alcohol.

What on earth are these parents thinking? I can't believe that anyone let alone a parent would allow this to happen in their home.

In the article the case is being investigated by the Northern Territory Family and Children's services department. It doesn't actually mention anything about the parents.

What I can't believe is that if the 5 year old doesn't get a cigarette or her drugs she throws a tantrum until she does.

I just can't put together the words of how unbelievable this whole thing is..

What are your thoughts??

Michelle
DH - Marc

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#2 Silvercat

Posted 02 April 2004 - 10:28 AM

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What on earth are these parents thinking?


That the trouble, they don't think! It's a disgusting state of affairs. :mad:

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Donna
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#3 petrie

Posted 02 April 2004 - 11:06 AM

That's completely shocking! It's so unbelievable I have to ask... was it yesterday's paper by any chance??? Tell me it's an April Fool joke please!

petrie
dd Alexandra 10/8/2002

#4 Eilleen

Posted 02 April 2004 - 11:17 AM

Here's the article from news.com.au:
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Five-year-old 'smoked dope'
By Edith Bevin
April 1, 2004

A FIVE-year-old Northern Territory girl has been smoking cannabis, it was learned last night.

A nine-year-old and a 13-year-old also smoke drugs and drink alcohol.

The case is being investigated by Family and Children's Services.

The department last night refused to confirm an inquiry was under way.

But a former FACS officer said: "The child's case has been referred to an assessment team to follow up.

"There have been no reports of physical violence towards the child - just drug abuse."

The Northern Territory News has obtained photographs that show the five-year-old girl preparing to light a bong in a house in Palmerston.

A 13-year-old is pictured lighting a bong while her 13-year-old friend pours herself a glass of sherry.

The neighbour, who admits to being a drug user, said the five-year-old girl helped herself to the bong.

"She lit it and correctly breathed the smoke in without any adult help," the woman said.

The girl also smokes cigarettes.

"This is serious stuff - she acts like an addict," the neighbour said. "If she doesn't get that ganja or tobacco then she chucks a tantrum - she throws herself on the ground and screams until she can get her hit.

"I've worked with addicts my whole life but I've never seen a five-year-old addict.

"I've seen teenagers and adult addicts and their stages of aggression - the behaviour that this child is displaying is exactly like that.

"We're not talking about a one-off, it's not an accident.

"If FACS tested that child tomorrow she'd have THC in her blood."

Health Department spokeswoman Bernadette Keefe said last night: "If there is evidence of a five-year-old involved in drug use we would be immediately concerned and take action.

"But that is not the information we have received." But when asked what information the department had received, Ms Keefe said: "I can't comment on that."

- Northern Territory News

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How sad is that?

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#5 Sally79

Posted 02 April 2004 - 01:59 PM

Well I can assure you it was no April Fool. I am a born & bred Territorian and can honestly say this is not an uncommon occurance. Young people here in the Territory grow up living in these situations where parents/guardians smoke pot & drink all day long, living off the Government and it horrible to say, but the children grow up believing this behaviour is acceptable. My mum was a teacher here in Darwin for 25yrs+ and would tell me some horrible stories similar to this one in the paper.

I bet there are alot of people like myself who are very upset about this situation being displaied so publically but we know that there is nothing we can do about it. It is a fact that the NT's FACS (Family and Community Services) leave a lot to be desired. Yes an investigation will occur but what will really happen...NOTHING :mad:

Smithy

PS My thoughts - Totally unacceptable

ME 24
DP 31
TTC#1 Feb 2004

#6 Placebo

Posted 03 April 2004 - 01:32 PM

These sorts of things just break my heart.  I fear for the next generation.  The multitude of our kids will become wonderful people, but what will become of children like this if there's nothing done for them now?

Vicki
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Evie 2002

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#7 Guest_ShelleyBelly_*

Posted 03 April 2004 - 03:26 PM

IM disgusted at this. The thing that worries me the most, though - isnt the drugs.

Its the little value these parents obviously have for this child to allow, and condone, and permit such behaviour.

I wonder what else they allow.

It makes me sick.

I hope DOCS take the children to somewhere that will treat them properly. Breaks my heart. sad.gif



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#8 Jodie8088

Posted 07 April 2004 - 11:40 AM

I just picked up and looked at the paper today and saw the picture and it made me sick in the stomach, it really disgusted me. WHERE THE HELL ARE HER PARENTS!

The children should not just be taken away from the home but the parents should be put to jail!

Jodie
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#9 ~Anni~

Posted 08 April 2004 - 11:39 AM

Sad thing is, a child like this may go on to have a baby of her own at 13, and the cycle continues.

She may have more children by the time she is 20 - all neglected - and how destroyed would her growing brain have been, having been subject to drugs every day ?

I think that this is a problem for everyone, and Australians have to work together to find solutions.

#10 Sweetpeaz

Posted 08 April 2004 - 01:13 PM

This not only happens in the territory, it happens in just about EVERY place in our country.
At worst I have heard of kids who are addicted to 'worse' drugs than dope. Unfortunately I have seen a few kids who are in the vicinity of their parents while they choof down a few. Telling teh child to 'hide' or not look is NOT good parenting. I have seen this in the 'lower to Upper class parents', ones you would think would have had some decency and some bloody idea of what they are doing to themselves and the child.

Fortunatly I have never seen a child doing drugs excl ciggarettes, I have heard plenty of stories within our culture and in others accross the world.

Having experince with drug addicted parents I just cannot fathom how they let their own troubles/ addictions be so freely shown to their children.
I mean, if I had an addiction I sure as hell would not be displaying this to my children and hopefully do something about it. If the childs not doing it, it won't take long be it at 5 years or 13 years of age.

There is no thinking or parenting involved when you are a drug addict, you think of drugs first, then kids etc because the drugs make 'you calmer' and you can THEN be a parent. Well thats the general justification for it.

I've seen so many babies I wanted to wrap up and take home to care for myself, its just not fair they are so small and are about to grow up in teh worst environment possible. I would be so disgusted in myself if I let anything like this happen.



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#11 kerri28

Posted 08 April 2004 - 03:36 PM

This sort of thing just makes me so angry and terribly sad.

Kerrie

Me 30
DF 33
Jasmine Isabella 14 months


#12 skyeatlanta

Posted 16 April 2004 - 12:13 PM

one word.
heartbreaking.




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