Mom turns son in for Billerica robber...

Mom turns son in for Billerica robbery after seeing YouTube clip

There are 60 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Aug 24, 2010, titled Mom turns son in for Billerica robbery after seeing YouTube clip. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Troy Beers of Peabody learned that lesson the hard way, when his mother, June, turned him in to police after recognizing Beers in a video of a Billerica store robbery that was playing on YouTube.

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Really

San Jose, CA

#22 Aug 24, 2010
Bad Parent Bad wrote:
This is an example of why this kid turned out to be a criminal.
Peopl;e are either born genetically defective and destined to be a criminal, or they are raised by f-in bad parents and learn how to be criminals.
If your kid is a criminal or a junkie, guess what? It is your fault. They came from you (genetically) and were raised by you.
If this parent had been a good parent, then this kid would only have genetics to blame.
So no blame what so ever rests with the actual one who "is" the drug addict? All the parents fault huh? Lol, you're out of your mind. Thinking like this is what is getting this country deeper into a hole as a crumbling society. Taking responsibility is the hardest thing to do sometimes. We as a people, are doing less, and less of it. "It's not my fault", "don't blame me", I'm so sick of it. Accountability... wow, there's a word we don't hear very often anymore.
Bud of the Weiser

Rochester, NH

#23 Aug 24, 2010
Mrs. Beers, this BUDS for you!!!
Lowellneighbor

Woburn, MA

#24 Aug 24, 2010
Its great to see someone out in the public standing up and say take responsibility for your action and grow up.

the person that says don't snitch on your family is the same kinda person that is not responsible and the reason the country is going the way it is
CatLady

Chesterfield, MO

#25 Aug 24, 2010
The mother should help that poor boy get on SSI for his disability and into public housing. The poor boy is the true victim and should get the benefits he deserves.
Joey Peeps

Windham, NH

#26 Aug 24, 2010
first...wah Troy
Burnt

Burlington, MA

#27 Aug 24, 2010
I hope she can trust the police she is dealing with, I put my trust in the police once in an effort to help my son, and boy did I learn NEVER EVER trust the police.
LikeItIs

Lowell, MA

#28 Aug 24, 2010
Fuzz wrote:
You don't rat out your own blood, even if they are a ****
What an Ignorant statement; I pity you. This mother did the Right Thing and hopefully it will once and for all turn her son around. Good Job, Mom.
red

Lynn, MA

#29 Aug 24, 2010
I don't Believe I was a bad parent, and I don't have all the answers on why my kid took that first Oxycontin, I believe peer pressure was a main factor, it was around 1998-1999. I also had no idea what it was and neither did those kids. looking back you write off a lot to kids in high school wanting their independence. I also look back at my high school day's 1970's and had these deadly prescription drugs been around then I may have gone down the same path I don't know. I started to smoke pot and cigarettes because of peer pressure, but when a lot of my friends started doing other drugs I choose not too don't know why, maybe afraid I would like them to much I don't know. I can tell you my son would never have taken that first Oxy had he known it was heroin because he knew what that was. He played three sports in high school and his family and extended family was always there for him. I continue to educate myself on the subject in hope of helping another family struggling with opiate addiction. You can not wait for rock bottom in every case every personality is different. You need to remember they hate themselves more than anyone could hate, or be angry at them. I listened the doctors at the court house and their advise did not work for me or him. There are a lot of factors that need to be considered on how you should proceed.
Bad Parent Bad

Nashua, NH

#30 Aug 24, 2010
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
So no blame what so ever rests with the actual one who "is" the drug addict? All the parents fault huh? Lol, you're out of your mind. Thinking like this is what is getting this country deeper into a hole as a crumbling society. Taking responsibility is the hardest thing to do sometimes. We as a people, are doing less, and less of it. "It's not my fault", "don't blame me", I'm so sick of it. Accountability... wow, there's a word we don't hear very often anymore.
I think you missed the sarcasm... this woman tells the newspaper she had to do the right thing... if she had done it from the beginning, the kid wouldn't have grown up to be such a piece of crap. My parents raised me never to use drugs and guess what? I never did. This woman is an example of why stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed.
ayer votes

Boston, MA

#31 Aug 24, 2010
Red I am so sorry for the loss of your child:( I too was a child of the 70's I was raised by wounderful parents,hard working, loving, nurturing,I could not have asked for more. I dabbled in drugs of the 70's,the drugs on the street today seem more risky & addicting..if a kid is in the wrong place at the wrong time anything can happen. Once the addiction gets ahold of a person they become someone they themselves cannot even recognize,it takes a strong parent to do the right thing.God bless Red & the Mom
red

Lynn, MA

#32 Aug 24, 2010
I don't get that angry when people say bad parenting, and or genetics are the cause and that parents are to blame in some way. Because I went to al-anon talked to psychologist's and court doctors, and quite frankly I don't beleive anyone knows why some fall into addiction and others don't. As with my daughter who did not and my son who did. maybe there is some truth in every ones opinion.
Turdfergerson

Dracut, MA

#33 Aug 24, 2010
Wow, what kind of mother turns in her own son? At terrible one...What a shame to see family values falling apart.

Since: Apr 10

Dracut, MA

#34 Aug 24, 2010
dum kid smart mom
Solon_1776

Methuen, MA

#35 Aug 24, 2010
Lowellguy wrote:
Get help.Attend N.A. meetings.
AA and NA are failing programs by design. I have gone to several AA meetings to observe and read their blue book.

The addict needs to be given the confidence that he or she can succeed, but what does the Blue book advise? That without God you can't make it, that you are powerlessly addicted and that it is only through
God that you can overcome the addiction! WHAT A BUNCH OF BALONEY!

INSTEAD OF TRYING TO MAKE THE ADDICT BUILD THE WILL POWER ONE STEP AT A TIME, TO QUIT, THESE FOOLS DO THE VERY OPPOSITE!

FURTHERMORE, AN UNEQUIVOCAL ADVICE TO THE ADDICT SHOULD BE TO STAY AWAY FROM ALL ADDICTS AT ALL TIME AS WELL AS FROM ALL DRUG DEALERS; BUT WHAT DO THESE MORONS URGE? GO MEET WITH OTHER ADDICT!

IN FACT, I OBSERVED THAT SOME ADDICTS GO TO MEETINGS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO GO HAVE SEX AND DRUGS!

AA and NA are losing organizations, but again so are most so-called drug counselors!

THE ADVICE SHOULD BE: STAY AWAY FROM ALL DRUG USERS AND DRUG DEALERS, AND KEEP BUSY AT ALL TIMES. WORK NINETY TO ONE HUNDRED AND TEN HOURS A WEEK, and mind you physicians work about one hundred to one hundred thirty hours a week while doing their residence, and unless it has changed, it included a thirty-six hour shift. IF PHYSICIANS CAN WORK THOSE MANY HOURS DURING THEIR RESIDENSHIP, WHY SHOULDN'T THE ADDICT WHEN TRYING TO BUILD GOOD HABITS AND STAYING AWAY FROM THOSE WHO COULD BE HIS DOWNFALL IN ONE SPLIT SECOND: DRUG DEALERS AND DRUG USERS!

AND IF ANY DRUG DEALERS OR DRUG ADDICTS INSIST ON SEEKING CONTACT, TURN THEM IN THE SECOND TIME THAT ANY OF THEM TRIES, AND SPECIALLY TURN IN THE DRUG DEALER WHO COMES TO GIVE HIM A FREE FIX JUST TO GET HIM HOOKED AGAIN - AS IS THE PRACTICE OF SOME DRUG DEALERS. TURN THEM IN!
justonemore

Billerica, MA

#36 Aug 24, 2010
Burnt wrote:
I hope she can trust the police she is dealing with, I put my trust in the police once in an effort to help my son, and boy did I learn NEVER EVER trust the police.
I agree, now I don't know the whole story of how this mon went about dealing with the police, but I hope she went to a lawyer first. the police/ legal system don't care about help the son with a problem, they will put him in jail for armed robbery..yes Mom did the right thing only if she did some thinking before handing over her son
Really

San Jose, CA

#37 Aug 25, 2010
Bad Parent Bad wrote:
<quoted text>
I think you missed the sarcasm... this woman tells the newspaper she had to do the right thing... if she had done it from the beginning, the kid wouldn't have grown up to be such a piece of crap. My parents raised me never to use drugs and guess what? I never did. This woman is an example of why stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed.
Listen, people aren't computers, or robots that you program that will run by that program, and never divert from the program unless otherwise commanded to do so. We're talking about real life, flesh & blood people with their own minds. Believe it or not, some people still do what they want, even though told to do otherwise. I see your point that a lot of these cases can be traced back to bad parenting, but to just deem this woman a bad mother before knowing any facts, or history is just rediculous. Sometimes people just do stupid stuff, for no good sensible reason at all. Reguardless of their upbringing. Sometimes looking in the mirror, you find the real person at fault. We all have choices in life. You can't take credit for the good ones you make, then pass off the bad ones as bad parenting, or someone elses fault. Again, "ACCOUNTABILITY".
sick of punks

Wellesley, MA

#38 Aug 25, 2010
Solon_1776 wrote:
<quoted text>
AA and NA are failing programs by design. I have gone to several AA meetings to observe and read their blue book.
The addict needs to be given the confidence that he or she can succeed, but what does the Blue book advise? That without God you can't make it, that you are powerlessly addicted and that it is only through
God that you can overcome the addiction! WHAT A BUNCH OF BALONEY!
INSTEAD OF TRYING TO MAKE THE ADDICT BUILD THE WILL POWER ONE STEP AT A TIME, TO QUIT, THESE FOOLS DO THE VERY OPPOSITE!
FURTHERMORE, AN UNEQUIVOCAL ADVICE TO THE ADDICT SHOULD BE TO STAY AWAY FROM ALL ADDICTS AT ALL TIME AS WELL AS FROM ALL DRUG DEALERS; BUT WHAT DO THESE MORONS URGE? GO MEET WITH OTHER ADDICT!
IN FACT, I OBSERVED THAT SOME ADDICTS GO TO MEETINGS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO GO HAVE SEX AND DRUGS!
AA and NA are losing organizations, but again so are most so-called drug counselors!
THE ADVICE SHOULD BE: STAY AWAY FROM ALL DRUG USERS AND DRUG DEALERS, AND KEEP BUSY AT ALL TIMES. WORK NINETY TO ONE HUNDRED AND TEN HOURS A WEEK, and mind you physicians work about one hundred to one hundred thirty hours a week while doing their residence, and unless it has changed, it included a thirty-six hour shift. IF PHYSICIANS CAN WORK THOSE MANY HOURS DURING THEIR RESIDENSHIP, WHY SHOULDN'T THE ADDICT WHEN TRYING TO BUILD GOOD HABITS AND STAYING AWAY FROM THOSE WHO COULD BE HIS DOWNFALL IN ONE SPLIT SECOND: DRUG DEALERS AND DRUG USERS!
AND IF ANY DRUG DEALERS OR DRUG ADDICTS INSIST ON SEEKING CONTACT, TURN THEM IN THE SECOND TIME THAT ANY OF THEM TRIES, AND SPECIALLY TURN IN THE DRUG DEALER WHO COMES TO GIVE HIM A FREE FIX JUST TO GET HIM HOOKED AGAIN - AS IS THE PRACTICE OF SOME DRUG DEALERS. TURN THEM IN!
Guess you don't know much about the recovery programs of AA and NA, do you? Went to a couple of meetings? Won't learn much there, you only see what you want to see. There are millions of recovering addicts and alcoholics in this country due to the succesful implementation of these programs in their lives. The people you spoke of are not representative of these programs, there are those who hide out in the "open" meetings just for the reasons that you stated, but for every one of them, there are 100 more that are serious about their recovery.
Wake up people

Andover, MA

#39 Aug 25, 2010
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
So no blame what so ever rests with the actual one who "is" the drug addict? All the parents fault huh? Lol, you're out of your mind. Thinking like this is what is getting this country deeper into a hole as a crumbling society. Taking responsibility is the hardest thing to do sometimes. We as a people, are doing less, and less of it. "It's not my fault", "don't blame me", I'm so sick of it. Accountability... wow, there's a word we don't hear very often anymore.
You are right . Parents who care about their kids do the best they can to make sure their kids stay on the right track. We hope the kids will continue to follow in those steps. If they decide to step off the right track, it was their decision and no one elses. They must take responsibility for their actions and not look for someone else to put the blame on. Parents who are parents do the utmost for their kids and we all prayer things turn out ok
Bill Ws Buddy

Boston, MA

#40 Aug 25, 2010
Wow, the air is thick with ignorance in here.
We can all make guesses as to why a person uses drugs, blame parents, peer pressure, etc... Why not look at the simplest answer?
PEOPLE USE DRUGS BECAUSE DRUGS WORK. Nobody uses drugs for the first time with the intent to be an addict, they just know that it makes them feel better.
If you never ate a nice juicy steak you'd likely never end up with colon cancer either, should we scold people for possesing a filet? Should we outlaw grills? Should we sue Kingsford?
C'mon stop the blame game and focus on solutions.
I also wince when I hear the often overused term "rock bottom". From my very personal experience, bottom is a myth. Wanna know when you hit bottom? WHEN YOU PUT DOWN THE SHOVEL AND STOP DIGGING!
As for Solon_1776, wow you want to cast aspersions on programs that have saved millions based on your vast experience of "several meetings"? Remember AA and NA are just microcosms of society as a whole, it takes all types so sure there are bad seeds. I know them to be the exception.
To suggest that you can remove an alcoholic/addict from others of his type to keep him safe is just silly. I know when I was active you could have dropped me off on another planet and I would have found the one alien who had some dope. Geography plays no part in the equation.
I do agree with what you say about addicts needing to be retrained to practice good habits and stay busy. But if we are to treat it as "training" then who better to be the trainer than the recovering addict who has been in the same position and can offer hope?
You made the Doctor analogy about residents working tons of hours, who is training those residents? OTHER DOCTORS! I suppose we can find mechanics and waitresses who work just as many hours, but there is a reason Doctors are training Doctors. The same principle applies to recovery.
Sally

Millbury, MA

#41 Aug 25, 2010
red wrote:
I don't get that angry when people say bad parenting, and or genetics are the cause and that parents are to blame in some way. Because I went to al-anon talked to psychologist's and court doctors, and quite frankly I don't beleive anyone knows why some fall into addiction and others don't. As with my daughter who did not and my son who did. maybe there is some truth in every ones opinion.
Well here is my 2 cents. I spent my teen years going to al-anon with 2 alcoholic parents. Neither I nor my brother drink very often and we don't do drugs. My opinion is that there are factors that can predispose you to addiction. Genetic factors and also what type of environment you are raised in. But the bottom line is the person and their pesonality. Some kids grow up with crack head parents and never touch a drug or drink alcohol. Some kids grow up in good homes where no drugs or drinking are ever witnessed like for instance some religious families like the Mormons who don't even drink coffee yet they have children who succumb to addiction. I believe it basically comes down to personality. Some people have a type of personality that cannot cope with something to make them feel better. We all know in the long run it doesn't make them feel better but it's like an infant who sucks their thumb. It soothes them and comforts them. The same is true for addicts. It is something deep in their personality that they beleive they need to feel better. Addiction is also connected to the persons' feelings of self-worth. Addiction is very complicated and it is wrong to place the blame on parents or anyone else. The only person who can overcome is the addict themselves. They have to want it. I grew up with cigarette smoking parents and nothing in the world would make me want to light up a cigarette. Yet my friend whose parents never smoked lights up like a chimney, smokes almost 2 packs a day.

There is no proven direct link from parents to children. The addiction factor lies directly within the individual. Blaming parents to me is a cop out unless you are a baby just born addicted. As people get older they make their own choices. No one has the perfect life or the perfect parents. All parents make mistakes and all children endure some hardships in life, it's called LIFE. We cannot go through life blaming our parents or others for our actions or bad habits.

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