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A Better East Texas: Children and Marijuana

Police believe the child in this photo is being taught to smoke marijuana. (Watauga Department Of Public Safety) Police believe the child in this photo is being taught to smoke marijuana. (Watauga Department Of Public Safety)
Fort Worth Police found the video Feb. 22 while investigating Demetris McCoy, 17, and Vanswan Polty, 18, in connection with some burglaries. Fort Worth Police found the video Feb. 22 while investigating Demetris McCoy, 17, and Vanswan Polty, 18, in connection with some burglaries.
Video tape footage Video tape footage

We were all a little shocked last week by the video of the teenager giving marijuana to his 2 and 5 year old nephews. If you're like me you had to wonder what caused someone of his age to do something so stupid. Well here is what he had to say about it.

"Man, it's something that people do all the time, give their kids weed.  You know, people give it... I can see if I gave it alcohol or something.  Some people give their kids alcohol when they're young and stuff.  You know, I didn't do nothing like that.  I didn't give them... at least I ain't like some people... give their kids... let them smoke ice, meth and things.  That's the stuff that's gonna kill them right there.  Weed ain't gonna kill them."

His statement makes it clear that he learned his behavior from other adults, most likely someone from his own family. The fertile ground for drug abuse is when one drug abusing family member passes it to the next generation. And drug abuse is a sure way to break up a family. Many out there will sit on the sidelines merely judging this behavior or worse, watching it as entertainment. But if we are going to make this a better east Texas those of us who claim to promote family values will need to get off the sidelines and get more involved with families like this before they pass it to the next generation.

Viewer Comments:

 Kudos to you my friend for speaking out against the young man who gave his nephews marijuana, and then was stupid enough to film it!

I have been a public school teacher for 21 years, and the lack of morals and values of the young children coming to school these days is unbelievable and astonishing.

More often than not, the teacher, unfortunately, is the one who is reprimanded for trying to correct the bad behavior of these anti-social citizens.

Keep up the good work. I love your editorials after the news.

Pam Dillinger



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