Victim's mom warns of huffing dangers

There are 6 comments on the Oct 17, 2008, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story titled Victim's mom warns of huffing dangers. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

After her son's death, apparently from huffing or inhaling a computer dusting spray, Beverly Helms started researching.

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SISSY

Granbury, TX

#63 Oct 17, 2008
HUFFING OR INHAILING IS THE SAME THNG.THE POINT OF THE MATTER IS THAT EATHER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT.ITS VERY DANGEROUS AND NOST OF ALL DEADLY.BACK IN 1992 I LOST MY BIG BROTHER DUE TO INHAILING LIGHTER FLUID.PEOPLE THINK IT WONT HAPPEN TO THEM THEY ARE WRONG.YOU INHAIL OR PUFF YOU HAVE A CHANCE OF DAMAGING YOUR BRAIN,HEART AND LUNGS.OR THE NEXT STEP IS DEATH.PEOPLE JUST DO PUFFING AND INHAILING TO GET HIGH JUST LIKE A DRUG.I FEEL BAD FOR THE LOVED ONES WHO SUFFER FROM ALL OF THIS.

Since: Sep 08

Ionia

#64 Oct 18, 2008
Since the horrific passing of their son, Michael Dean Meek, Matthew Meek and Beverly Helms have been a consistent inspiration. At the funeral, the visitation and the burial I witnessed the both of them on several occasions reaching out to comfort those in attendance. I also had the incredible blessing of seeing Matthew Meek praying over some of the mourners at the visitation. All of their children are much the same...a great encouragement in this time of extreme sadness. When they are the ones that you would expect to seek comfort from those around them, they are offering it openly instead!!

“Be Respectful”

Since: Jul 08

Grand Rapids

#65 Oct 18, 2008
Sister of Michael wrote:
Beverly Helms is my mother, she raised us all to be good christian children. In this I didn't know specifically about drugs and what drugs were what. I spent most of my time in church where they did not speak about these kinds of things. Yes we were raised ignorantly, but my mother always thought it for the best. I found out about huffing in high school. I went to a friends house after school where a friend of mine huffed in front of me, still I didn't know anything about it, and when she was done she fell backwards and almost decapitated herself in an industrial fan. I knew not to do these things, but I didn't know what she was doing until it was to late for me to stop it. As soon as she came to I told her I had to leave. I was scared out of my mind!!!
As for Michaels father, he is also a great man and has been involved. And yes we grew up in a broken home, but I didn't know my father at all... My mother did a GREAT job with me! I couldn't ask for a better parent, never the less two better parents. She is an amazing mother and she did the best she could do with what she had every single second of all of her childrens lives.
My mother has never had these kinds of chemicals in her house. She has been into natural cleaning for almost 11 years and anything under her sink could be drank or huffed with no consequences. She doesn't even have cough syrup in her house!
Please think before you judge! This has been a tragic experience with everyone involved and all my family and I need is support right now. Do not assume things that you know nothing about...
We are not pressing charges on anyone for anything. It was Michaels choice to put chemicals in his body, as much as I know he did not know the dangers, it was still his choice. Just like anything any of us have ever done has been our choice. I think he was shown how to huff once and tried it on his own without knowing what he was doing and died on accident. He was not sad, my mom and all our family was involved in his life. We are a very close knit family. In his 17 years I only remember having one true argument with him. I love him very much as a lot of people do!!!
I hope this helps in settling some of your comments.
We love you always and forever Michael,
Your big sis
I am so sorry for your family's loss. May God give all of you the strength to get through this. I applaud your mother for her determination to get the word out to other people and, possibly, save other lives. It takes a special person to turn a tragedy into something positive.
mikes bff

Grand Rapids, MI

#66 Oct 19, 2008
mike was one of my best friends and im very close to his mom. im very proud of her being brave and doing this and i hope she can find a way to get those video's off youtube.
say what

Caledonia, MI

#68 Oct 19, 2008
JML wrote:
Be realistic..CLEARLY he didn't know he was going to die from it, otherwise do you really think he would have done it?
Teens, especially teen males, have a mindset of immortality. In their thinking, bad things always happen to someone else. They know huffing is dangerous. They know it has the potential to kill. They don't believe it will kill them.
-Aunt-Joan from Texas

San Antonio, TX

#69 Oct 20, 2008
Beverly, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so hard to keep your children safe when the world has so many pits for them to fall into. I pray that your loss and your voice and actions in this way will prevent others from falling into this one like Michael.

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