Earlier this week the 14 year old Australian boy who was being held in Bali came home. He pleaded guilty to carrying 3.6 grams of marijuana when police found and arrested him back in October.
What would have started as a budget friendly holiday has now cost the family what is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands in legal fees, and I’m assuming a frightening experience for the boy and his parents.
When he arrived home from his two month stay in the Jimbaran immigration detention centre, he was reportedly surrounded by police and managed to avoid the media. His identity is still unknown and his home has been barricaded with hessian to prevent media filming.
While I’m not sure of the families motives for going to such extremes to hide the boy’s identity, there has been some speculation that they will be looking for a big media deal. A deal would certainly help pay for some of their legal fees but would it make a celebrity out of someone who “did the wrong thing?”
In Australia we do have laws against profiting from crime, and any proceeds could potentially be confiscated by the Attorney General.
What do you think of the whole ideal? I can sympathize with the parents and he is only 14 and I think his punishment was pretty severe (even though it could have been a lot worse). Do you remember all the mistakes you made as a 14 year old?
And how would you feel if the family were to score a media deal? Would you do the same if it was you? I could sit here and be appalled at the idea, but as I don’t know their financial situation it is hard to judge. There is also the fact that I feel a little interested in the whole thing and I think it would be an interesting story. Having it out there may scare the pants off some of our teenagers and make them think twice about drugs. But it will depend how the story is told and how the boy is portrayed – rock star or remorse?
We will wait and see…
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