Group in Orland Park takes aim at tee...

Group in Orland Park takes aim at teen drug use

There are 4 comments on the The Southtown Star story from Mar 14, 2012, titled Group in Orland Park takes aim at teen drug use. In it, The Southtown Star reports that:

Orland School District 135 Board Vice President Ann Gentile knows more than she cares to about the power drugs can have over teenage minds.

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Parent

Wheaton, IL

#1 Mar 22, 2012
I am the mother of Brooke Fry. As I had arrived home last Sunday evening, I had several phone calls of other individuals informing me of newspaper articles regarding my daughters death. It is truly unfortunate that Ann Gentile is using her title at a meeting to speak about my daughter Brooke Fry. She is and has assumed to newspapers (four) that my daughter died of an apparent overdose. She is not aware that the ER nurse at the hospital stated upon arrival that she died or alcohol poisoning and aspirated. She had paraded at the most recent District 230 heroin awareness meeting speaking of my daughter as she knew our family well per the Southtown newspaper editor. At the time, it is incredibly wrong of her to assume that her death was linked to heroin without having any facts! I find her actions unconscionable!

I as her sister have chosen not to associate with Ann Gentile for almost a decade. Ann Gentile has no right to assume, act or use her title to talk to reporters about my daughters death. As she is assuming and labeling my daughter; it is inappropriate! There is an investigation and at the time of the article; we did not have the toxicology findings. I am appalled that she would speak on her behalf when she knows NOTHING about my daughter.

I, we as a family are grieving tremendously and do not feel that this is appropriate action on her behalf. I can and will be my daughters advocate; I do not need a stranger or strangers assuming information. All she is trying to be is a media hound unfortunately for all the wrong reasons! She never even sent our family a sympathy card or called to say "I am sorry".
CM Punk

Orland Park, IL

#2 Mar 26, 2012
Parent wrote:
I am the mother of Brooke Fry. As I had arrived home last Sunday evening, I had several phone calls of other individuals informing me of newspaper articles regarding my daughters death. It is truly unfortunate that Ann Gentile is using her title at a meeting to speak about my daughter Brooke Fry. She is and has assumed to newspapers (four) that my daughter died of an apparent overdose. She is not aware that the ER nurse at the hospital stated upon arrival that she died or alcohol poisoning and aspirated. She had paraded at the most recent District 230 heroin awareness meeting speaking of my daughter as she knew our family well per the Southtown newspaper editor. At the time, it is incredibly wrong of her to assume that her death was linked to heroin without having any facts! I find her actions unconscionable!
I as her sister have chosen not to associate with Ann Gentile for almost a decade. Ann Gentile has no right to assume, act or use her title to talk to reporters about my daughters death. As she is assuming and labeling my daughter; it is inappropriate! There is an investigation and at the time of the article; we did not have the toxicology findings. I am appalled that she would speak on her behalf when she knows NOTHING about my daughter.
I, we as a family are grieving tremendously and do not feel that this is appropriate action on her behalf. I can and will be my daughters advocate; I do not need a stranger or strangers assuming information. All she is trying to be is a media hound unfortunately for all the wrong reasons! She never even sent our family a sympathy card or called to say "I am sorry".
First off, I'm sorry for your loss. It seems your saying that the death was because of alcohol, not drugs. In that case, then those lectures should be about alcohol & how the youth should avoid it. I mean, there should be advocacy against all drugs, smoking, & drinking, but if one wants to use your daughter's story, then it should at least be accurate.
Leona Labriola

Oak Forest, IL

#3 Jul 8, 2012
To the mother of Brooke Fry --
We are so sorry that you have had to go through this, and now have additional pain added to your grieving. Our hearts break for you. The loss of your beautiful, bright daughter saddens us deeply. The cause of Brooke's death is nobody's business except yours. Ignore the comments of inconsiderate, rude, attention-seeking individuals. You are in our prayers that God will lighten your burden and continue to give you strength during this most difficult time in your lives. You have our love and support.
Dave Iem

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Jul 8, 2012
What a great loss to the world in Brooke's passing! She was a wonderfull person who we will all miss! It's tough for kids growing up today in this world! It was just the other day she was playing school in the basement wanting to be a teacher. I just wonder we're it all went wrong ! Brooke was a class act and had a great sence of fashion! I feel this is just more fallout from Tricia 's family being exposed to the poision in the well of Crestwood ! I'm just glad all her hard work proved her right in the end! None of you can even understand what Tricia and her kids have gone threw! I spent 7 years with them and wish the best to them all and miss them all ! RIP Brooke!

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