A 17-year-old was arrested by Central Narcotics Bureau officers in February and charged in court in June. He committed suicide in September. There were traces of drugs in his blood. Also, he had been questioned at Ang Mo Kio police division hours earlier for the alleged molestation of an 11-year-old girl.
The Bureau had launched an investigation after his mother posted a letter in October addressed to Minister for Law and Home Affairs K Shanmugam on her Instagram page, complaining about her son’s arrest. Yesterday, after an intensive investigation, CNB issued a statement and rebutted the mother’s accusation point-by-point.
I can’t imagine the hurt of parents whose children die. I’ll probably go into permanent catatonia if a child of mine dies by suicide. Not sermonizing here, but the point is instead of expecting the world to be prepared for the ways of our (wayward?) children, we should be preparing our kids for the (evil?) ways of the world.
What needs fixing is the problem, not the blame.
The culture of blame runs deep in some families.
That’s the elephant in the room.