He’s too young for this. Poor little guy
The video, which has been viewed more than 23 million times on Facebook, led to a debate over whether the father had the right to share his son’s mourning on social media.
“This is for any and every addict with children. Today I had to tell my 8 year old son that his mommy died from a drug overdose last night. This is the realization and reality of our disease. Don’t let this disease have to make someone tell your child that you’re dead because of drugs.”
“This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My son has no mother because of heroin… kinda hard to hear but you can hear what we’re saying. Please get help so our children don’t have to suffer.”
Reactions were mixed, with some praising the father for raising awareness while others criticised him for sharing the intimate moment for the world to see.
“I’ve just watched this and ended up in tears as I felt the young boy’s pain,” one Facebook commenter wrote. “It’s so sad and I can’t imagine what you must have been going through. That took some serious bottle telling the lad the awful news, I don’t wish that on anyone.”
“And now this very personal part of this kids life is all over the internet,” said another. “I’d be furious if someone recorded me as I cried over my mother’s cancer ridden corpse. Who ever posted this isn’t a genuinely nice person.”
In response to the criticism, Bickerstaff-Clark stated that he is a former addict himself. “‘I am a recovering addict myself with 94 days clean today… please share and help maybe help save a child’s parent’s life,” he writes.
Youngstown is a rust belt city with major drug problems. Last year, WFMJ reported that a 25-year-old addict begged to be jailed by a judge so she could get clean because she was faced with a three-month waiting list for rehab clinics.