teenage drug overdoses in flower moun...
a_friend

Brownsville, TX

#41 Dec 9, 2009
flowermoundmom wrote:
So sad to hear about your loss, I have never in my entire life seen so many young people dying of drug abuse. But, sometimes parents DO know about their childre's activities and choose to do NOTHING! I personally Know about a Mom that works for the LISD and knows about her BABY BOY'S drug use, heroin, cheese, and drug dealing, I personally told her and she just said, he is still my son, so frustrating for me because my daugther started datind this gangster abou 3 years ago and completly changed, she now lives with him, beats her up, his mom knows this, i have police reports but since she is an ADULT 20 years old, FM police told me there is nothing I can do,same with all the rehab centers I contacted. So who is at fault most of the time?
Beth, if this is you, your daughter had a problem long before she started dating D. Take responsibility. Thats what most parents are lacking. If you notice something thats off about your children don't just assume its a phase and that they will grow out of it. Punish them, give them the tough love that they need.
Mom

Dallas, TX

#42 Jun 8, 2010
The don wrote:
<quoted text>And you can't do anything about it there is so many drugs down here you don't couldn't even imagine ya its pretty safe from murder rape and robbery but they have no control over drugs even though they have harsh search and seizure laws
I stupidly sent my children to the local schools here in Flower Mound this past year only to have my daughter sexually abused by a boy there and the staff turn away and pretend it did not happen. It was even witnessed by a staff member who just "let it go." I hate this place. Flower Mound, especially the schools, are innocent of nothing.
Mom

Dallas, TX

#43 Jun 8, 2010
We_Werent_Close_Anymore wrote:
Becky,
I just want to let you know I'm thinking about you today and my heart goes out to you. Damian and I weren't close when he passed but he still meant a great deal to me. I am so sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts today.
I need to add, this past year, with one of my children at FMHS, I was told there was drug dealing, in the classroom, with the teachers in the room. The teachers just look the other way. My understanding is that administration tells them to look the other way. It would hurt their ratings if they starts kicking kids out.
Mom of H Addict

Plano, TX

#44 Jun 10, 2010
This situation is much worse than most people think. My daughter has been through rehab twice now for heroin and it has probably messed up the rest of her life. At least she is alive.... for now. She has lost many friends to this horrible drug (in FM/HV/Lewisville). Parents, these kids are snorting it, shooting up, etc. You need to search their rooms!!!! The sad part is trying to get them off of it is REALLY hard. There are not many places to turn for help unless you have ALOT of money either! Denton county is way behind on the times! There are kids who want help but just can't get it....
Mom of H Addict

Plano, TX

#45 Jun 10, 2010
a_friend wrote:
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Beth, if this is you, your daughter had a problem long before she started dating D. Take responsibility. Thats what most parents are lacking. If you notice something thats off about your children don't just assume its a phase and that they will grow out of it. Punish them, give them the tough love that they need.
If your daughter's name starts with "M" she has a VERY BAD problem and needs help bad!
iLoled

Lewisville, TX

#46 Jul 27, 2010
Bob Saget wrote:
"They aren't being challenged."- John
Ya as a student at Marcus High School I can guarantee you that the school is challenging us enough.
HAHAHAHAHA
(Former Marcus student, current grad student)
iLoled

Lewisville, TX

#47 Jul 27, 2010
Mom wrote:
<quoted text>
I need to add, this past year, with one of my children at FMHS, I was told there was drug dealing, in the classroom, with the teachers in the room. The teachers just look the other way. My understanding is that administration tells them to look the other way. It would hurt their ratings if they starts kicking kids out.
That's the biggest load of bologna I've ever heard. Some of you people are just ridiculous. Most of you don't even know when your own kids are on drugs, but you expect the schools to clean up your messes for you.
iLoled

Lewisville, TX

#48 Jul 27, 2010
There are kids who want help but just can't get it....
I completely agree with you. We need to do what we can to have low or no cost care facilities for people with substance abuse problems. Too bad single payer healthcare couldn't be passed here.
Kathy OKeefe

Plano, TX

#49 Jul 30, 2010
On March 20, 2010 my son Brett died from a drug overdose. We live in FM. 6 days prior to that another child died of a drug overdose as well. This is just 2 dead, how many more lived through their overdoses that week. My son started by smoking pot in middle school. It escalated from there. We had been in rehab, IOP, meetings etc. He took the drugs, but that does not mean that every one in FM should turn their backs. This is a horrid problem that the DEA says actually starts in 4th grade. I am in the midst of starting an organization called "Winning the Fight" / WTF. My goal is to increase parent education and support for kids. They do not necessarily want to do drugs, their addictions dictate most often. Should you need any help, please feel free to call myself or our family. Please lets work together to keep our kids alive.
Kathy B. O'Keefe
[email protected]
Winning the Fight

United States

#50 Oct 13, 2010
Please check out this new organization on facebook page focusing on Flower Mound and surrounding area.

http://www.facebook.com/ #!/pages/Winning-The-Fight-WTF /153672187996934
Addict

Gainesville, TX

#52 Dec 7, 2010
thats redicilous. lewisville makes it sells it and buys it. as does marcus, and flower mound.
they are getting money by selling things and stealing. thats when the kids [on drugs] dont get what they wanted they will do anything for it. Flower mound does have a big drug problem, I am a former Marcus Hig School student and a recovering addict, and it was BECAUSE i went to that school that i started doing drugs. maybe thats a lame excuse, but after i got out of rehab i switched schools and went to a school in a completely different town. i always think to myself "if i would have just gone here instead of there, i dont think i would have had that problem."
the schools do have a big role in the drug use. and now its a problem that is going to take a long time to fix, unfortunatelly
abbey v wrote:
first i would like to say i am so sorry for your loss.
BUT, all of you are being very irrognt. FM is a wonderful place to live. it is not the teachers or schools fault, it was your childs choice to take drugs they got the endless supply of money from you the parents. there are drugs anywhere you go you are acting like you have never even heard of drugs in this town. maybe you should think about the saying of lewisvill makes it marcuse deals it and flower mound buys it.
think people..seriously think..
Terry

Keller, TX

#53 Dec 26, 2010
Kathy OKeefe wrote:
On March 20, 2010 my son Brett died from a drug overdose. We live in FM. 6 days prior to that another child died of a drug overdose as well. This is just 2 dead, how many more lived through their overdoses that week. My son started by smoking pot in middle school. It escalated from there. We had been in rehab, IOP, meetings etc. He took the drugs, but that does not mean that every one in FM should turn their backs. This is a horrid problem that the DEA says actually starts in 4th grade. I am in the midst of starting an organization called "Winning the Fight" / WTF. My goal is to increase parent education and support for kids. They do not necessarily want to do drugs, their addictions dictate most often. Should you need any help, please feel free to call myself or our family. Please lets work together to keep our kids alive.
Kathy B. O'Keefe
[email protected]
Kathy - my 24 year old son Jake died of a heroin overdose on June 14, 2010. My husband and I are devastated. This was like a piano falling on us out of the blue. He was away at college - Texas Tech - and apparently the addiction began there in the fall of 2008. He hid it from us completely. Lied to us and deceived us - although I know this was the addiction in the driver's seat, not Jake. We only noticed a slight difference in his personality. Nothing significant. We finally figured out something was terribly wrong because rent money was not being used to pay rent. He admitted his addiction to us in April of 2009 when we confronted him about the money. My husband dropped everything and flew to Lubbock and lived with him until the end of the school year. He came home to finish up in community college and relapsed. We put him in rehab for 2 months and then in a sober living house for 6 months. When he came home in June, 2010 we were thrilled. He was happy, clean (I drug tested him)and ready to get on with finishing his degree and his life. Two days after he came home, after a weekend of family dinners, church and many talks around the dinner table about what was next,and kisses and hugs goodnight, we found him dead in front of the computer Monday morning. The heroin was in his closet, in lines, on a plate. We are heartbroken. The holidays have been tough. My husband cried all day yesterday. I need to talk to and hear from other parents who have been through this. I think it would help. I eventually want to speak to groups here in the Garland area about this problem. It is not limited to "bad" neighborhoods. It is in all neighborhoods and affects all kinds of families. The incidence rate of drug overdose in the Dallas area is not publicized enough. It is downplayed. We need to open parent's eyes to this and teach them how to order drug test kits online and urge them to test their kids if they suspect drug use. I'm ready to help.
-Watcher

Rowlett, TX

#56 Mar 23, 2011
Over the past few years of going to one of many schools in the LISD, I have seen the drug use go up rapidly. At one point everyone I knew was strongly against the use of drugs and felt it was a bad choice. Now here we are 3 years later and every where I look almost everyone is doing drugs. The only people not doing drugs are the kind of kids people usually call a nerd or make fun of. Which at this point, I don't really care about who's a nerd and who's cool. I cannot handle standing by and seeing all these kids get involved in something that they think is okay. And that's the sad part about it, all these kids doing drugs truly feel like it is okay for them to be doing these things. I always here about all these stories and how these kids are sneaking out and how they are getting high every night during the weekend and getting drunk and people's houses they don't even know. I just don't understand how something like this can happen over and over again without their parents realizing it. Another sad fact is that it is true that some parents know it's happening and stand aside and let it happen. I know one of my old friends moms, the way she punishes her son is by taking his weed away. Isn't that and odd thing to hear? Sure. Taking your kids cell phones, their friends, even tv, but really? Taking their Weed? Is that a joke? It honestly saddens me so much to see parents that know their kids are doing these things, and not be terrified to lose them.
help

Argyle, TX

#57 Apr 17, 2011
My daughter went to a party in Flower Mound in Nov 2009 and was raped by 3 boys/men. I just found out. Won't talk to anyone and gets physically ill when questioned about it. If anyone has any information about this, I would appreciate your help.
Teen parent

Plano, TX

#58 May 17, 2011
Mom of a few~ I could not agree more. I moved here from Irving to provide my children with a safer Neighborhood and school and if your child has the slightest weakness someone will b there to rescue them with weed, followed by ecstasy, and now I guess even heroin...FMPD- and FMHS should be on the News, but some how they seem to keep it the extent of this HUGE drug problem hush hush! I can't tell you how many times I've prayed this drug issue would blow up and get attention. The sad part is families have to lose young kids to this horrible stuff before anyone will listen.
Wish I Could Help

Taylor, TX

#59 May 18, 2011
I was one of those kids. The sad thing is how powerless we are over this situation. I did the drugs, sold em, overdosed, got caught. Through it all I managed to get clean in 2009. I feel like the luckiest kid in the world because being from the Flower Mound/Highland Village area I had a family with the resources to get me help WHEN I WANTED IT. We can all blame it on the schools, parents, influences, etc. The best thing my parents could have done was CUT ME OFF at the time because their continued enabling was just helping in aiding in my slow death at the time. I went to a number of treatment centers and just wasn't ready. Chances are many of these kids aren't either. I knew some of them. I pray for them every day. No one shoved a needle in my arm or a straw up my nose. All we as a community can do is RAISE OUR AWARENESS and take some action. Drugs aren't going to go away just because a few kids get busted or even because some kids die. My heart goes out to the families of those affected and those who have suffered.
kade kager

Carrollton, TX

#60 May 25, 2011
burn in hell pat. i live here you can blow me why the f are you in this when you live in daytona you prick. f off
alitrizan

Carrollton, TX

#61 Jun 7, 2011
really just want to advocate for Scott Schmalholz right now. He had absolutely nothing to do with the heroin ring. He's never touched heroin in his life, let alone even seen it. In fact, what they DON'T tell you is Scott is the only one out of 17 that won't be going to prison for this, he's on probation.
What happened is he wound up with a gun being ditched in his car. We ALL know that if Scott had turned the gun into FMPD they would have taken a look at his record and arrested and questioned him, and with the things he was dealing with at the time he couldn
t afford that, so he got rid of the gun by stealing it.
Scott was just an unfortunate guy who got caught up in something he didn't realize was occuring. And I'm sick of hearing people bash scott. I hate the fact that this article makes him look like some heroin junkie who was working for Joe. That's CRAP.
These news people don't give you the full story. You don't know what happened or where people come from. So stop being so freaking judgmental.

And on top of that, this article makes it seem like all of this was some kind of organized thing, but really, none of these people were involved in ANY kind of drug ring. Most of them didn't even know each other.
alitrizan

Carrollton, TX

#62 Jun 7, 2011
Dear lord, I have to agree though. As a student at Flower Mound High School I can tell you for a FACT a great majority of students at this school have drug problems in one way or another. ESPECIALLY ATHLETES, but our random drug testing never brought back any results. Why? Well, one, because it wasn't random. It was the same day every week, and these spoiled little rich children can afford to buy detox solutions to make their pee come back clean. Seriously, it's ridiculous- almost every person I know either does or has tried some type of drug. It all goes on right under the administration's noses too. Kids smoke weed in the bathroom almost every day. Kids snorting pills off the back of bathroom passes. Almost every day at least one person brings a vodka-filled water bottle to school with them. Last year, the mayor's son had a gun and weed with him at school, but he got no consequences. You can research that.
Drug use at FMHS is a bigger problem now than ever. It's a HUGE, HUGE issue that faculty just brushes under the rug like it's not.
But I tell you again. I'm a student at FMHS. I'm about to graduate this weekend. In the past year alone, there have been at least three drug related deaths. I see people swapping ecstacy and other pills at school. I actually know someone who smoked weed on the bus last year. people do that all the time, actually. It's not even funny how many kids, even teachers, at this school do drugs. And yet absolutely nothing is done about it. You know why? Because if they publicized it, LISD's ratings would go down and they'd lose money and it'd make us look bad. These people are more concerned about reputation and TAKS scores and money than they are about anything else.
Kid that got out of FM

Los Angeles, CA

#63 Nov 9, 2011
Kathy OKeefe wrote:
On March 20, 2010 my son Brett died from a drug overdose. We live in FM. 6 days prior to that another child died of a drug overdose as well. This is just 2 dead, how many more lived through their overdoses that week. My son started by smoking pot in middle school. It escalated from there. We had been in rehab, IOP, meetings etc. He took the drugs, but that does not mean that every one in FM should turn their backs. This is a horrid problem that the DEA says actually starts in 4th grade. I am in the midst of starting an organization called "Winning the Fight" / WTF. My goal is to increase parent education and support for kids. They do not necessarily want to do drugs, their addictions dictate most often. Should you need any help, please feel free to call myself or our family. Please lets work together to keep our kids alive.
Kathy B. O'Keefe
[email protected]
Kathy I knew your Son and we used to skate when we were younger.
You couldn't be more spot on. I hope that town wakes up and sees how big the problem really is and doesn't try to down play it due to prestige and ego's.

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