PTC Drug Operation Busted - Mother of Teen responds

It has been a month since I dialed 911 on my son. He had brought marijuana into our home and didn't believe me that I would dial 911. See article from a month ago.
He has been at the Clayton County Youth Detention Center for the past month. He wears a blue jumpsuit, lives in a room alone that is locked at night, goes to "school" during the day there, and is exposed to so many other children that have much bigger issues. It's sad to go to visitation and see that only a very small percentage of the kids even have family come visit them.
We have had him tested by a neuropscyologist and we get the results tomorrow. We want to make sure he goes to the proper rehab/behavior mod. school. We want to see what he needs and provide it.
He has voiced to me at visitation "that he wishes all the students at MHS could spend a few days there to experience it. "Then they would realize what they have." He is humbled from this, he realizes that I did what I had to do (thought I'd go years without him saying he loves me, but he's already said it), but he has a tough road ahead. Please use his story if it can help you or your child see that tough love is needed sometimes to get kids back on track. I was lucky and this happened before his seventeenth birthday. Act early and save your child's life.
This has been so extremely tough on us. He will probably go live with his Dad in Florida and I will rarely see him. This is killing me. But I know the tempation to hang with those same kids is still there. He needs some space and time to heal. Please pray we make the proper decisions for his future progress in life. He's one great kid, just made some bad decisions.

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Submitted by Davids mom on Fri, 09/07/2007 - 2:17pm.

In my book, you are Mother of the Year!! I hope your story is shared with all of the parents in Fayette County.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 09/07/2007 - 6:13am.

you are my hero!!!! I will say a prayer for a most favorable outcome for you and your son.
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Submitted by All Smiles on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 9:18pm.

You are a wonderful mother with much care, love and insight. A parent is here do a job, not be your child’s best friend. Our job as parents is to help and guide them so when they are adults (18 yrs) they have the life skills and ability to fly out of the nest and become good citizens and a viable part of our society. Some kids have hard heads (I have one) and we have to take strong measures to ensure these life skills are learned. You have taken a brave step in order to help your child and my heart goes out to you and I tip my hat to you. Without grabbing the bull by the horns, we as parents fail our children. You have not nor will you fail! I’ll pray for you and your child.

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 9:27pm.

Did we have the same parents??

My parents made it very clear that they were not our friends, and they further more had no intention of being our friends until sometime after college. (Maybe not even then) They made it very clear that their only job title was parent.

What happened to parents like that??

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 9:12pm.

You did the right thing and it sounds like you are already seeing positive results. Good for you.

I know one other parent that has had to send their teen to live with relatives in another state to keep them away from the bad influence here.

So many people have blinders on here, I hope your story helps some of them. You are right to emphasize how important it is to stop this kind of behavior early. Once kids turn 17 the penalty is much stronger and they are charged as adults.

I wish the best for you, stay strong.

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 9:48pm.

Thank you for being strong enough to share this with us. I believe many parents around here have on rose colored glasses and have no clue of what their kids really experience. Checking our childrens' Myspace pages can be eye opening. You will reside in my prayers, and I know already that your son will appreciate you more and more as he ages. God Bless,

Kevin "Hack" King

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