Rewarded for stupidity

Convicted of possession of cannabis while on a family holiday in Bali, the 14-year-old Newcastle teenager, known as ‘Bali boy’ yesterday arrived back in Australia. He and his family are reported to have signed a deal worth six figures with an Australian media outlet. But should a teenager responsible for such an act of stupidity benefit financially from his actions?

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Convicted of possession of cannabis while on a family holiday in Bali, the 14-year-old Newcastle teenager, known as ‘Bali boy’ yesterday arrived back in Australia. He and his family are reported to have signed a deal worth six figures with an Australian media outlet. But should a teenager responsible for such an act of stupidity benefit financially from his actions?

We all know how the story will unfold when it reaches our television screens; a suitably contrite teenager, flanked by his ‘disappointed and disillusioned’ parents, being ‘grilled’ by a television interviewer well-versed in such matters. Bali-boy will undoubtedly regret the distress he has caused his family, his stupidity and will promise never to do anything so reckless ever again. He will then ask that his story be held as an example to every other teenager who thinks that taking drugs is a good idea.

Firstly, teenagers understand the warnings about the dangers of taking drugs but this does not and will not, stop them from dabbling in some recreational drug use. Secondly, while the words are being spoken, how many teenagers will be able to see past the lure of instant celebrity and cash reward that this young man has fallen upon? And lastly, visit any airport, here or overseas, and the warnings on buying, possessing and taking drugs are clear – don’t do it, it’s illegal!

Sadly, this instant fame and financial reward will be seen by many young people as the Holy Grail. What they won’t understand is that many young people destroy their lives by taking drugs, smuggling drugs and selling drugs to others.

Should this young boy and his family be paid for their story? Is anyone really interested?





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    bevharro
    6th Dec 2011
    4:30pm
    Of course he should not be paid for his story. This takes away from the idea of punishment doesn't it? Just looking at the latest headlines on the internet about him and his father taunting the media outside their hessian draped home and then calling the police for assistance to have them removed. For goodness sake !! I feel the father is bad as the son. Why on earth would you take a confessed 14 year old drug addict to Bali anyway? Talk about putting him in the way of temptation. Any media outlet paying for this story are morons. Putting that amount of temptation in front of the father and son to tell this story is tantamount to saying he did nothing wrong. Why also did he receive special treatment in Bali?
    B5YCK
    6th Dec 2011
    4:30pm
    If this is ever aired on TV, viewers should write to all advertisers aired on that channel in ALL programs,and tell them they will not buy their products in future.
    Without advertisers there will be no story.
    Commercail channels are there to make a profit not a loss.
    Tony Beekman
    tabitha
    7th Dec 2011
    8:58am
    I think this is an excellent idea. Shouldn't this also include boycotting the TV channel? They are the ones that are paying?
    Lucy
    7th Dec 2011
    6:17pm
    Excellent suggestion - I am happy to do that.
    Nan Norma
    6th Dec 2011
    4:32pm
    I guess this family has a lot of bills to pay and this payment will help. I do believe its been no picnic for the boy and his parents, they must have been terrified their son, still only a child, might have landed up in jail. We have all made mistakes.( I would have like to have seen more about the efforts to find the person that sold him the drug) If everyone in Australia that had ever tried a drug, were sent to prison, believe me our prisons would be over flowing.
    SkyBlu
    6th Dec 2011
    4:57pm
    They may have a lot of bills but I bet there are a lot of people who would love to be able to afford a trip to bali with all of their family.

    Any money made from his story should be confiscated as proceeds of crime and passed on to the Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services.
    Erin
    7th Dec 2011
    5:12pm
    I absolutely agree
    arrow
    6th Dec 2011
    5:14pm
    Of course this stupid boy should not be rewarded for his wrong-doing, and the media outlets that are bidding for his 'story' should be ashamed of themselves for offering such reward, unless, of course, the storyline serves as a strong warning to other young people not to go down the same road. But while this boy is getting all the attention, one has to ask the question - what kind of responsible and caring parent allows a 14 year old to go wandering around a holiday resort like Bali unaccompanied or supervised? Particularly as they appear to have been aware of their son's previous history with marajuana use.
    Nan Norma
    6th Dec 2011
    5:16pm
    skyblue. I'm talking about solicitors bill, which would have cost a fortune, and all the other added expenses.

    6th Dec 2011
    5:40pm
    The boy was caught with drugs, against the local laws and thanks to our goverments intervention he was let off lightly.

    He is now a convicted criminal and therefore any money he makes from his story is proceeds from crime and confiscated as proceeds of crime.

    Selling his story is simple thumbing his nose at authority and encouraging othres to take a chance think the worste that can happen is a slap on the risk and money in their pocket.

    Honestly I don't know why are goverment intervened, if the Bali goverment or press tried pressure our goverment in to being lenient with one their citizens there would be a major outcry against it. We expect people to respect our laws when visit here why not the other way round.

    6th Dec 2011
    5:59pm
    This family is thourally enjoying the fact that they will be paid for their son's transgression and that thought is sickening. I thought that a person with a criminal record couldn't obtain money through selling their story. Why did the Bali court system allow him to be released when Australia is holding in detention many teenagers whose offence was to have applied to be shipmates on leaking boats to help their families at home. Who is this family anyway? How hateful!!
    scottyhopper
    6th Dec 2011
    6:11pm
    After watching the behaviour of this boy's father and brother we shouldn't be the least bit surprised that this boy is both rude, incredibly ignorant and amazingly stupid. The media should totally ignore them. The best thing the family can do is pack the little darling off to rehab - and then teach him some manners. Of course, it's not going to happen!!!!
    Sylvia
    6th Dec 2011
    6:23pm
    This offer should be with drawn , I understood that people convicted of a crime were not allowed to profit from it, if it is still purchased by any news net work or magazine, then surely the profit shall go back to the Victims of crime, It seems more and more people who commit a crime seem to end up laughing at the law. And after reading about this sorry case I should think people are now sick of it, the stupidity of taking a child that age to Bali and letting him loose.
    Nan Norma
    6th Dec 2011
    6:26pm
    Would you really want to see this kid in a Bali prison for buying 3.6 gr Marijuanam from an adult who had no right offering it to him,for the next six years. We do not put children in prison here what the crime this kid did. It's his parents that will be making the money.
    Anonymous
    6th Dec 2011
    6:58pm
    But WHY take your child, who you know is addicted to marijuana, to a place where (apparently) this weed is easily purchased? His parents are AS stupid as their son; as is said 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree'. Wow, how excellent for them to get money to go on another holiday when other families are living on the smell of an oily rag.. I DON'T THINK!!!
    DCMc
    6th Dec 2011
    6:46pm
    He has not suffered enough. If he buys drugs, is an addict, no pity. Our government is wrong interfering. A few croc tears to get Sympathy and all is well. He needs better parental control.
    Nan Norma
    6th Dec 2011
    7:28pm
    The child has already served three month living in fear of what was going to happen to him. What more do you want? My 14 yrs old grandson was visiting me the other day and I thought then, he's just a child. He would have suffered on anxiety problems for the rest of his life had he been locked up in a Bali prison away from his parents for six years. The money is a different issue altogether. He didn't pick his parents.
    chippies
    6th Dec 2011
    8:46pm
    C'MON NAN NORMA, GET REAL.//

    THIS KID IS AN ADDICT, NOT LIKE YOUR GRANDSON.
    FROM A BACK GROUND OF QUESTIONABLE PARENTS.
    NO MONEY SHOULD BE PAID, AND IF IT IS I WILL NO LONGER WATCH THAT PROGRAM OR STATION .PLUS I WONT BUY ANY PRODUCTS ADVERTISED ON SAME.. CHIPPIES.
    Nan Norma
    6th Dec 2011
    9:08pm
    Have you thought that he was advised to claim he was an addict because had he not been he would for sure got six years. You can't ever believe everything you read in a newspaper. Oh, and there's no need to SHOUT. Do you have any children?
    Anonymous
    6th Dec 2011
    9:20pm
    It seems that Chippies had to shout to get another interesting reply from you.. um.. hold on.. I think we all presumed that the family said that he was an addict to get a lighter sentence.. oh, and then when a blood test was done it showed the weed in his blood; I wonder. To echo bevharro 'why did he receive special treatment in Bali' and WHO do his parents know?
    elly
    6th Dec 2011
    9:25pm
    Since when do we pay money to 14 year old kids or their families for doing the wrong thing. Does not send a good message to other teenagers.
    Anonymous
    6th Dec 2011
    10:14pm
    And that hits the nail on the head Elly.. this could certainly have awful repercussions.
    Lucy
    6th Dec 2011
    10:09pm
    This boy is too smart for his own good so why do we waste media time promoting him. I don't understand why his parents allowed him such free reign in Bali when they knew he had an addiction. They have invited the trouble that he got himself into. Now the media are going to pay them for trouble he brought upon himself. There are so many good young people in our community that never get recognition for the good they do. He got off too lightly in Bali. A longer period of incarceration in that disgusting prison may have brought him to his senses. It will be an outrage if he gets a large amount of money.
    scottyhopper
    7th Dec 2011
    8:48am
    We were in Bali in September, staying in the area where the little darling bought his weed. The place was full of the ugliest, most disgusting Australians you've ever seen. All they did all day was sit around in bars wearing next to nothing and drinking. Perhaps his parents were amongst them!!!
    Lucy
    7th Dec 2011
    6:00pm
    I agree Scotty. I have been there and seen exactly what it is like. Wherever his parents were, they were not too interested in what their 14 year old was up to on a daily basis and at that age, in a foreign country, he should have been with his parents. Now back into Australia the bad behavior displayed to the media by the little idiot and his father is testament to the type of family they are. I wonder how long before this little charmer is back into drugs here. They should get nothing and no more media time - we are sick of hearing about it.
    scottyhopper
    7th Dec 2011
    9:05pm
    I saw the father on the news tonight, didn't want to show his face - and saying they didn't know the little pet was into drugs!!!! Such a liar - the parents presented the Balinese officials with a letter from their doctor saying that the darling was an addict! The whole family is a waste of space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lucy
    7th Dec 2011
    9:51pm
    Yes! I saw the news also - the father is a good actor, unfortunately not good enough to convince anybody - but why the face obliteration? Anybody else would have their face filmed, like it or not. They have been able to pull off a lot of little tricks which makes me wonder who is assisting them! As you say "waste of space".
    Nan Norma
    6th Dec 2011
    10:23pm
    Like I said, you can't believe everything you read in the papers. Any of you remember the Azaria Chamberlain case. many would have had Lindy Chamberlain hung at the time.
    I've had a lot to do with children especially boys, and I know they can do incredible stupid things at times because they just don't think .It's part of learning. I'd hate to think they all got sent to prison. There is a saying, You have to walk in a mans shoes before you judge him. Anyway, thats my last word on the matter.
    scottyhopper
    7th Dec 2011
    8:46am
    The issue is not the punishment but the fact that the parents will make money out of the whole thing - and the fact that they obviously need to go to a parenting course.
    As far as the Lindy Chamberlain case is concerned - don't even go there. I lived in the NT at the time and was married to someone who worked for the Police. There are often three sides to every story.
    Histoman
    7th Dec 2011
    3:04pm
    I agree with all that has been said about this stupid moron. He has become irresponsible because his parents are. They know he has an addiction but still leave him to wander around an unsolubrious part of the city. Any money that is paid should go to victims of crime, but hold on, I seem to recall that a certain guy who was in Guantanimo Bay was not allowed to sell his story to the media, so how is this child allowed to do that, and under the age of 16. The media here are just as bad as those disgusting photographers at the courthouse over there. he got off too lightly in my opinion. The public here know that you can't just go to Bali, and ignore the governments laws on drugs. If that does get to a mgazine, I can;t think many people will be that interested to read it, after it beilg flogged to us on our screens nearly every night. I found it becoming boring to watch.

    7th Dec 2011
    3:33pm
    You are right about the two incidences Histoman, where's the difference; and, as my sister said about Bali boy, "What story? We know it all already."
    Alexia_x
    7th Dec 2011
    5:25pm
    What a bunch of idiots! I refer to the kid, his family and the Australian government interfering in a criminal act committed in a foreign land.
    And now apparently someone else is interested in offering money to the idiot kid and his family for their story! ...when all is there to say that a 14 year old assh...bought a prohibited substance in a country where such actions are sanctioned by the law, end of story.
    The kid thinks he is grown up enough to take responsibility for his bad habits and has enough money to maintain them...let him pay in full for his actions and be punished like everyone else that commits a crime. The parents did not do a great job there.
    And let his family know for sure that such actions should be stopped by the parents first in such a way that they would not happen outside the home either.
    If the story appears in any paper, magazine or TV station, I will gladly boycott the sponsors for ever and a day and so will my family and friends.
    Lets get concerned with important issues that need to worry us in our country, instead of being so passive about important things and pay service to the idiots that make news by just being self concerned only and stupid at that.

    7th Dec 2011
    6:32pm
    Just saw the father on the news. Face still oblitterated; why? Claims that he had no prior knowledge of his sons addiction.. yet was able to obtain a doctors cert stating the opposite. Said his son is repentant (oh sure! snigger snigger behind the hessian curtain) and stated that no one has offered them money for the story. Hmm.. just one more lie perhaps?
    Histoman
    8th Dec 2011
    12:24pm
    I agree with you Alexia, too many times the government of this country steps in to alleviate any punishment that is given to a person who breaks the law in another country; my response is, "mind your own bloody business" If that person breaks the law, then let the country mete out out it's punishment that it would to any of its own inhabitants.
    Just read you comment Pipple, yeah I'll believe he's repentant when the pigs are on the runway and have clearance for take off.
    Anonymous
    8th Dec 2011
    12:59pm
    Ha ha.. that's probably all we can say for now.. waiting for the next installment mind you, whatever it's in, I certainly won't buy and hope the mags sales plummet but we sure will hear more about it!


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