A dad whose son is guilty of staging a bomb hoax at Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix, Arizona, has a message for police.
Charge my son with a crime.
“One thing I’d like to do is apologize to every parent that was scared and had to go pick up their kids the other day,” the dad, Dexter, said following the incident.
(KPHO withheld his last name in order to protect his and his 15-year-old son’s privacy.)
Dexter is a single dad who has noticed increasingly disturbing behaviors from his son that culminated in a texted-in bomb threat that emptied out BGHS and terrified parents.
“He’s on probation for threatening and intimidating — he threatened to shoot a kid at Barry Goldwater High School,” said the dad, adding that two weeks prior to the bomb hoax, the school expelled him for bringing a knife to school.
“My concern is that it’s just going to escalate. I don’t want my son to be the next headline that he took a gun to school and started shooting people,” Dexter said.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is still in the reviewing stages of the 15-year-old’s case. They’re not certain whether they want to bring up charges or let the young man off with a warning.
But for the boy’s father, there is no question of what should be done.
“I love my son,” Dexter said. “But, I love him enough to see him held accountable — very much so.”
Compare this case to that of this family who demanded justice after their teen boys were shot and killed when breaking into an elderly couple’s home.
“They didn’t deserve to get killed,” said Christina Sambrano, the sister of 14-year-old Michael Sambrano, one of the victims. “They were on their way out the door, and I just think it was wrong that they were shot.”
“I just don’t understand why they were shot multiple times and killed,” said Lisa Sambrano, another family member.
Many are pointing to cases like this one as proof of what happens when parents swoop in to protect their children from the repercussions of their actions.
That’s something no one is accusing the “bomb hoax dad” of, though.
Facebook commenters were largely supportive.
“Good for Dad!” said Mike Montemayor. “If this creepy kid pulls this stuff when he’s 19 or 20, he’s looking at huge problems in prison. He’s got to learn now before it’s too late to do anything about it.”
“I say good for this father for doing the right thing,” added Jacob Chernov. “Now days most parents are to quick to take their child’s side and say their kids do nothing wrong… I commend Dexter for standing up and doing the right thing and getting his son looked at, hopefully he will be able to get the help he needs, since there is obviously something going on… [sic]”
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