Mother turns son in

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

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.

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  • by Kathryn Location: NC on Jul 22, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    GO MAMA.. I wish I had done what you did.. My son is 25 and still up to the same old junk "I Talked To Him About" when he was 16.. but now I talk to him through glass, wearing stripes, and it breaks my heart that he will be there for a VERY long time. I since realize all I was doing was being an enabler...I lacked the backbone to lock him up until just a few weeks is a very sad time for me.
  • by Slick Rick Location: Canada eh on Feb 25, 2008 at 01:33 AM
    Yeah she did the right thing, but its a battle not even worth fighting.The war on drugs is counter my experience
  • by Cad Location: Augusta on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    Jaz you evidently don't have any kids. What this child has as a result of his mother's love is a chance. Had it continued he could serve the remainder of his life in prison for something worse. There are people out there willing to give second chances for adolescent stupidity. Maybe you need to rethink your comments.
  • by Me Location: Augusta on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    For all of you blaming the mother: Do you really feel that talking would have done any good at this point? He was already dealing with drugs, owned a gun, and participating in a gang. The lessons and talks that were probably already given didn't do any good. I applaud the parent on the tough love for her son. If her son decides to hate here for this--then so be it. Parents must do and say whats right for the children without any regards to how they feel.
  • by Tori Location: Graniteville on Sep 28, 2007 at 06:49 AM
    I hope she knows that he's probably going to hate her for the rest of her life and his!!! She definately should've tried to do HER job as a PARENT rather than call the cops on her own child!!!
  • by Patty Location: Downtown Augusta on Sep 25, 2007 at 10:09 AM
    Good for the mother who turned her son in. You did the best thing and an honorable thing. Hold your head up high. He might resent you but you've saved him. God Bless You, dear lady!
  • by jaz Location: augusta on Sep 23, 2007 at 01:21 PM
    i think that if she really wanted to help her son, she should of talked to him before making a HUGE step like this.He now has no future.What can he do now?? He can't get job, they probably wont let him back in school, and he surely can't join the what hope is there for him??
  • by jaz Location: augusta on Sep 22, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    I still believe it's wrong to send him to jail. I believe if she truly wanted to help him, she should of talked to him before making a huge step like that.
  • by Kathy Location: Augusta on Sep 21, 2007 at 04:31 AM
    I commend these parents on loving their son. In todays society we are so afriad to "overstep" our boundaries even as parents. But we as parents must be the guiding role in our childrens life. To protect and love them is our duty and God Bless the Thompsons for a being great parental role models.
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