An Ohio father recorded the moment his son found out that his mother had overdosed on heroin and put it online for millions of people to see.
Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark, of Youngstown, posted the video on Facebook this week. The father explained that he has been clean from drugs for almost 100 days, but the mother of his son was not so lucky.
Clark had a friend record the moment he informed his son that his mother was dead, with the hope that the video will knock some sense into addicts with children.
“THIS 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,” Clark wrote on Facebook. “THIS IS THE REALIZATION AND REALITY OF OUR DISEASE. DONT LET THIS DISEASE HAVE TO MAKE SOMEONE TELL YOUR CHILD THAT YOUR DEAD BECAUSE OF DRUGS.”
According to Clark, telling his son that his mother died was one of “the hardest things” he’d ever had to do in his life.
“MY SON HAS NO MOTHER BECAUSE OF HEROIN,” Clark wrote. “KINDA HARD TO HEAR BUT U CAN HEAR WHAT WE’RE SAYING.”
In two days, Clark’s video amassed almost 25 million hits. Though many people are on board with the video’s message, other think that Clark exploited his son’s reaction and published a moment that should have been kept private. Others have questioned the validity of the video.
“This should have been done privately,” one Facebook commenter wrote. “I hate this age we live in where people think everything should be recorded.. I understand it was done for a good cause, and being an addict in recovery, I respect the message. However, if this little boy watches this video, which there is a good chance he will see it at some point, it’s going to damage him.”