Daughter Sorry She Turned In Mother 

Daughter Sorry She Turned In Mother 
Posted by FoM on September 17, 1999 at 15:18:14 PT
By Stephen Hudak
Source: Cleveland Live
The Medina eighth-grader who gave a school counselor her mother's crack pipe now wishes she hadn't."I feel like it's my fault," 15-year-old Kimberly Martin said yesterday after her mother, Linda Sue Martin, pleaded no contest to three felonies, including manufacturing crack cocaine, which carries a mandatory two-year prison term.
Her mother is going to prison."If I knew it was going to get her in trouble I wouldn't have done what I did, I just wanted her to get help," she said. "I can't go without my mom for two years. No girl should. It isn't right. It isn't what I wanted. She's a good mom."Defense lawyer David Gedrock said sending Kim's mother to prison would make kids think twice before they bring their parents' personal problems to teachers, ministers, police, or anybody else they should be able to confide in.Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman, whose office does not plea bargain drug or sex indictments, refused to reduce the charges against Martin, 40, which would have made her eligible for a sanction other than prison.Martin came to the attention of police in February after Kimberly gave a counselor at Claggett Middle School the six-inch piece of car antenna she had found in a pillow case on a couch in her mother's apartment on W. Union St. It was stuffed with a scouring pad and, a police lab later determined, burned cocaine residue."I was scared. I didn't know what else to do," Kimberly said. "I knew what it was. I seen people on the street do it. I didn't know if it was my mom's or [her friend's-, but if it was my mom's, I knew I had to get her help."Kimberly told the counselor and Medina police that her divorced mother had been keeping company with a convicted drug abuser who cooked crack cocaine in their kitchen, smoked it in their bathroom and sold it in their living room.He has not been charged by police, although he is on probation for cocaine possession.During a police search of the Martin's apartment on W. Union St., Linda Martin told Detective James Bigam the antenna her daughter had found was the pipe she used to smoke crack cocaine, which had been cooked in the kitchen. Bigam recorded the conversation."I know Linda Martin," said Bigam, who arrested her once before for providing alcohol to her son, now in his 20's. "Basically she's a good woman. She's a follower and not a leader. Our thought all along was this woman needs help."Martin's mother, Penny Buck, said her daughter has sought help for her addiction."She's been going to her [Alcoholics Anonymous] meetings and she was working," Buck said. "I'm not condoning what Linda did - she was wrong. I know it. She knows. Kimmie knows. But what good is prison going to do?"Although she is to begin serving her sentence next week, Linda Martin said she does not regret her daughter's actions."Who knows where I would be at today if she hadn't done what she did?"But Kim Martin, who will return to Cleveland and live with her single father, said she regretted it, even though she has noticed positive changes in her mother. For instance, her mother called police last month when Kim stayed out past curfew."Before she let me do what I wanted. She hardly raised her voice at me before. She's on me constantly now about where I'm going and where I've been. She's more grown up," Kim said. "She's become the mother I wanted her to be."E-mail: shudak plaind.comPhone: 1-800-683-7348 Friday, September 17, 1999By STEPHEN HUDAKPLAIN DEALER REPORTER©1999 THE PLAIN DEALERStudy Questions Effectiveness of DARE - 8/30/99
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Comment #4 posted by cerebus on September 17, 1999 at 22:15:49 PT
dare is plain evil
this girl went for help. she went to a teacher for HELP for gods sake. she felt her mom had a problem and wanted her to get help and get a bad influence out of her life. good goin to the school and the cops for doing their job(sarcasm). if i went to a school councelor i would expect counceling and advice not calling the cops on my parent. this is what dare has done to our schools its turned children into mindeless zombies and filled them with lies not only about drugs but about how they will "help" them. the cops are the most evil vile power mongers in this country. they are liars and get away with it. if we lie and get caught we goto jail if they lie and its obvious they get promoted. and i know all these pigs smoked weed in college and know damn well what its effects are and probably still smoke on occasion! but they come with smiles and candy and tell the kids that marijuana is highly addictive that it will destroy your brain and no self respecting person would ever touch the stuff and if you see a pipe or anyhing in your house or your friends house to please let them know, and we'll help you (my a$$). i tell u what, if i ever have children they are learning early to not trust cops or politicans and they are going to learn the truth! truth and moderation in all things!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on September 17, 1999 at 21:10:47 PT:
Things Were Different 
I'm not upset with the child because a child is taught to respect their superiors but then this happens. The child and mother will never be the same and it is so sad. When I was in school I talked to two nuns regularly about my mom's drinking. Telling anyone would have been so out of character and it wasn't something that the nuns would have considered doing way back then.
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Comment #2 posted by observer on September 17, 1999 at 20:13:17 PT
denounced his parents to the Thought Police.
 "Hardly a week passed in which the Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak --- 'child hero' was the phrase generally used --- had overheard some compromising remark and denounced his parents to the Thought Police." "1984", author George Orwell, 1949,  ISBN 0-679-41739-7 "The Police-taught DARE program encourages  students to turn in friends and family by  becoming a police informant."   "The Emperor Wears No Clothes", by Jack   Herer, 1992, ISBN 1-878125-00-1 Real life: a child in school answers the  friendly and inquiring police officer  teaching about drug dangers that yes their  parents have some of the displayed  paraphernalia. A search warrant is issued, the parents  are arrested, and the child is put into  custody of Child Welfare workers.
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Comment #1 posted by Chris Knestrick on September 17, 1999 at 17:44:35 PT:
The Horrible Truth For Kids
Sadly, this goes to show where the lies of the drug war have led us. This girl (and the 2 more recent cases of the past week) believed that by telling the police, she would get her mother into rehab and get her help. Unfortunately, what they don't tell you in DARE is how our government "helps" these people - locking them away for extended periods of time with violent criminals. And the police pat the kids on the head and tell them that they did the right thing. I wonder when they police are going to start asking their kids to start turning in Jews. 
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