The man who filmed a drunk young boy at a skate park says he would not have released the video if police had acted hard and fast, and communicated that to him.
Bradley Goudie, 18, uploaded a video online which showed a nine-year-old boy at Fairfield Skate Park in Clarkin Rd on Tuesday afternoon with a can of Cody’s Bourbon and Cola – 7 per cent alcohol.
The boy, who struggles to stand and slurs his speech, says “I’ve been drunk before”. He also says he was given alcohol by his aunt.
Goudie, a professional scooter rider, said he was so shocked by the apparent drunkenness of the boy that he turned his camera on him and exposed what he considered one of the biggest issues in New Zealand – underage drinking.
Actually the proportion of people aged under 18 who drink has been dropping massively in the last few years.
However, this case is shocking and those who supplied him with the alcohol must be prosecuted and his custodial parent should probably lose custody. There is no way she could not know he is getting drunk.
Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Counselling clinical manager Roger Brooking said authorities needed to take action over the incident.
“The police should be called and that kid should be taken off his parents or whoever’s looking after him and be placed in the care of social welfare.”
He said whoever gave the boy alcohol should face criminal charges.
I agree. Sadly it is probably already too late for the kid. If you are getting drunk and possibly stoned at age nine, then it is an uphill battle.
Child Matters founder Anthea Simcock said a crime had been committed and appropriate action should be taken.
The boy had been returned to his mother, who police said was “extremely distraught” to find her son in such a state.
But the boy’s father, who the Times has chosen not to name, said he wants his son to live with him.
The man had been going through a custody battle with his former partner and hadn’t seen the boy in six months.
He said it was “heart-wrenching” to see the video of his son online yesterday. “What I want to do is get my kids and pick them up.”
Either the mother knew what was happening, or she has picked the wrong people to look after her son.
Political commentator David Farrar posts at Kiwiblog.