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    11 Year Old Calls 911 To Turn In His Mom and Mothers Boyfriend For Selling Drugs

    LAWTON, Oklahoma -- An 11-year-old boy is being praised by Lawton police after he called 911 to report his mom and her boyfriend were dealing drugs from their home.

    According to Lawton police, the boy had planned on turning his mom and her boyfriend in for the past few months. The 11-year-old told police he warned his mom numerous times that "drugs are bad," but she just told him to keep quiet, which he did until he'd had enough.

    "911, what's your emergency?" said a 911 emergency dispatch operator.

    "I live here with my mom and her boyfriend, and her boyfriend sells marijuana," the 11-year-old told the 911 operator.

    Lawton police called the boy's actions courageous. The call led police to the house where they found the boy with his 1-year-old brother along with a quarter pound of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

    Police said the drugs all belonged to the boy's mother, 33-year-old Jennifer Lynn Patterson, and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Michael Dewayne French.

    "He felt real uneasy about the situation. He said he knew it was wrong and tried to report it a couple other times," said Lawton Police Lt. Todd Palmer.

    According to police, the boy had gone to his neighbors and his grandparents hoping someone would do something, but no one did.

    "For whatever reason they decided it was inappropriate for them not to get involved," Palmer said.

    But finally, out of concerns for not his safety but for that of his two younger brothers, he finally decided to call 911.







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    Amazing that this boy went to neighbors and grandparents who chose to turn a blind eye. I wonder if he thought to go to a teacher.... I'm glad he had the courage to call 911.

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    I heard about this on HLN a few days ago, I say "good for him!" I hope other kids follow suit. I just pray they don't give him back to his mother after this, there may be retaliation.
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    OMG.

    Any follow up to this story?
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    Quote Originally Posted by teonspaleprincess View Post
    I heard about this on HLN a few days ago, I say "good for him!" I hope other kids follow suit. I just pray they don't give him back to his mother after this, there may be retaliation.
    And where will this boy permanently go after the mother/bf are arrested?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trino View Post
    And where will this boy permanently go after the mother/bf are arrested?

    I don't know a lot about this family or this boy's home life, but it bothers me to no end to think that this boy could be taken from his parent because of 1/4 pound of pot when countless kids grow up in a house with a full bar always at the ready.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southcitymom View Post
    I don't know a lot about this family or this boy's home life, but it bothers me to no end to think that this boy could be taken from his parent because of 1/4 pound of pot when countless kids grow up in a house with a full bar always at the ready.

    The difference with this example though, is alcohol is not illegal, and not all people who use alcohol abuse alcohol. So whether they have a stocked bar, if they have not abused, what does it matter? Drugs on the other hand are illegal.

    What if the 1 year old got into the drugs? Could be a very dangerous situation. Clearly they were not hiding the fact they were using and dealing in front of the 11 year old.

    Perhaps the children have another more capable family member who can raise them in a safe loving environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubby View Post
    The difference with this example though, is alcohol is not illegal, and not all people who use alcohol abuse alcohol. So whether they have a stocked bar, if they have not abused, what does it matter? Drugs on the other hand are illegal.

    What if the 1 year old got into the drugs? Could be a very dangerous situation. Clearly they were not hiding the fact they were using and dealing in front of the 11 year old.

    Perhaps the children have another more capable family member who can raise them in a safe loving environment.

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    It bothers me to the end of my wits that marijuana is illegal but alcohol is not. That's why the thought of him being removed gives me a headache.

    Obviously, I hope a 1-year-old doesn't get into any drugs. At 11, I was fully aware of my family's using (alcohol) habits, so I am not surprised this 11 year old had such knowledge of his family's using habits.

    But schools these days really teach the kids a lot about drugs and alcohol from the time they are very young. I'm only surprised this doesn't happen more often - especially when a tween gets angry at his/her parents!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubby View Post

    What if the 1 year old got into the drugs? Could be a very dangerous situation. Clearly they were not hiding the fact they were using and dealing in front of the 11 year old.



    jmo
    If the 1 year old did get into it probably the biggest risk would be a choking hazard. The amount it would take to be lethal, even to a baby is insanely high. There are many things in your home that are much more dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southcitymom View Post
    I don't know a lot about this family or this boy's home life, but it bothers me to no end to think that this boy could be taken from his parent because of 1/4 pound of pot when countless kids grow up in a house with a full bar always at the ready.
    I really agree about the pot vs alcohol issue. I, personally, think alcohol is more dangerous than pot, even if it is legal.

    My thought on this situation though, is that mom is not losing her children because of the pot, per se, but because she failed to listen to her son when he voiced his concerns. Whatever was happening, the 11 year old was not comfortable with it and the article says he warned his mother on several occasions, as well as trying to get family to intervene. If this mother had her child's best interests at heart, she would have, at a minimum, stopped dealing drugs in front of her kid. Not that hard to do. Don't let weird people come to your house, keep the drugs hidden, and at least try to shield the kids from your illegal behavior.

    Hopefully this is a wake up call for mom. At best, the kids will not be out of the house for longer than 6 months. At worst..... maybe the problem is more than pot.

    Salem

    PS - southcitymom - I wasn't directing this post at you specifically, except the part about alcohol vs pot and my agreement


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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    I really agree about the pot vs alcohol issue. I, personally, think alcohol is more dangerous than pot, even if it is legal.

    My thought on this situation though, is that mom is not losing her children because of the pot, per se, but because she failed to listen to her son when he voiced his concerns. Whatever was happening, the 11 year old was not comfortable with it and the article says he warned his mother on several occasions, as well as trying to get family to intervene. If this mother had her child's best interests at heart, she would have, at a minimum, stopped dealing drugs in front of her kid. Not that hard to do. Don't let weird people come to your house, keep the drugs hidden, and at least try to shield the kids from your illegal behavior.

    Hopefully this is a wake up call for mom. At best, the kids will not be out of the house for longer than 6 months. At worst..... maybe the problem is more than pot.

    Salem

    PS - southcitymom - I wasn't directing this post at you specifically, except the part about alcohol vs pot and my agreement

    I agree with everything you said, Salem, and never mind you directing any post towards me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trino View Post
    And where will this boy permanently go after the mother/bf are arrested?
    Hopefully to a better home. I know that some people don't see pot as a big deal but anytime you allow drugs or drug dealers into your home it opens the door for more problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teonspaleprincess View Post
    Hopefully to a better home. I know that some people don't see pot as a big deal but anytime you allow drugs or drug dealers into your home it opens the door for more problems.

    True... not to mention who knows what kind of characters one exposes to their children if they are allowing buyers to come to their home, or even into their lives for that matter. Not at all a good thing.

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    Explain to a child

    So just how does a responsible parent explain to an 11 year old child that the law is wrong and that pot is ok but other drugs aren't and that selling pot is just like being a toy store owner and the proceeds is just ordinary income, only it is tax free. How is that explanation working for you? What is this little boy suppose to say during school when they are discussing illegal drugs and what to do about them? Great parental example here..........not.

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    I'd like not just a follow-up, I'd like to know more about the original story itself.

    A quarter-pound of pot is not a meth lab.

    What was going-on with this boy and his relationship with his mother?

    These cases of children telling on parents are always a concern, harkening to a dark day in history some decades ago...same as with neighbors spying on each other and tattling about any perceived 'suspicious' behavior.

    (jmo...may not be a popular opinion, but it's mine)

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