News 12 First at Five, September 20, 2007
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. --- A mother's concern for her son leads Richmond County deputies to her home. Demonica Wright said her 17-year-old son has been getting a lot of visits from different people at their house lately and has noticed a change in his friends.
"My son's been going through a lot of things and its been signs that show me that maybe he might be in a gang or get involved with something he shouldn't be involved in," Wright said.
On Wednesday, Demonica Wright decided to go through her son's bedroom to see if she saw any signs of drugs. Wright and her husband found his cell phone and went through the pictures. She found pictures of her son holding a hand gun, holding up some money, wearing a bandanna over his face, and pointing the gun at the camera.
"I was concerned and I was really scared for my child's life," Wright said.
She called the Richmond County Sheriff's Department and the investigators came to her house and searched through Thompson's room. They found several small bags of marijuana that looked like they were ready to be sold. 17-year-old Frank Oliver Thompson Jr. was arrested at Cross Creek High School.
"I need to know if he need help because I would rather me call the police then him go out there and do something that could cause him to be in prison for a long period of time or even cost his life and put my family's life at danger as well," Wright said.
Wright said she had no other choice.
"It's kinda hard. No parents want to see their child locked up. No parent wants to see their child go through that," she said.
Richmond County investigators said sometimes it's necessary to turn your child in.
"The argument that counters that is they're young adults and they should have privacy and of course my response is, they're not going to have privacy in prison, so you can either do it now or it's going to be done for them later," Lt. Scott Peebles said.
Lt. Peebles encourages parents to keep a close eye on your kids, be involved in their lives, and make sure you know what your kids are up to.
"Go in their rooms, go and look in their phones, look at pictures, look at what they're writing in their notebooks," Peebles said.
Lt. Peebles said this mother did the right thing and wants all parents to double check what their kids are doing and not just take their word for it. Thompson is being held at the Richmond County jail. He is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and a minor having a pistol.