I’ve got five kids and I’ve been a mother for over 21 years. I find that my “mothering urges” sort of spread themselves over whatever children happen to be around me. When my kids have friends over, I’m all “sweetheart” and “honey” at them. I feed them. I feel sorry for them if they are upset. I try to talk to them if they will let me. If little ones fall down or have hurt feelings I hug and bandage. If I’m out in public and hear someone being mean to their child I follow them around to make sure it’s not serious. When I hear tiny babies crying in Target I silently beg their mothers to feed them already!
I’m not tooting my own horn–I mean, I thought that was just how mothers mostly are. I bet most of you mothers reading are like that.
What would you think of a mother who would provide her own child with illegal drugs? Who would hide behind her prominent family while selling pain pills to other young teenagers? Who would not call 911 to assist a teenager who was slowly dying in the home of drug-dealing acquaintances?
Laurie Gooch is the mother of Henry Granju‘s girlfriend. I’ve written plenty about Henry almost since I first began blogging, but if you don’t know his story you can start here. Ms. Gooch is also the daughter of a prominent Knoxville politician, and one cannot help but speculate that her family connections have thus far shielded her from prosecution for her activities. She was finally arrested and charged, thanks to a KPD investigation fueled by information provided by Henry’s mother. But now apparently she has been allowed to plea to lesser charges and may serve no jail time at all.
I don’t know Laurie Gooch’s whole life story. I don’t know what has happened to make her the person she is today. Perhaps she has redeeming qualities of which I am unaware. But I know enough to know where she belongs right now: behind bars. Not only is she a danger to the teenagers of Knoxville, including her own child, but letting her plea her way out of this doesn’t do much to end the scourge of prescription drug abuse that is killing our teenagers and ripping families apart every day.
Please help by sharing this post or any of Henry’s mama’s posts on this topic. You can go here to sign a petition that will go to the sentencing judge. You can go here to find out how to write him a letter asking that he refuse to grant her judicial diversion.
If you are a mom (and even if you aren’t) let’s do what mothers do, or what they are supposed to do. Let’s take action to protect all the vulnerable children–teenagers are still children–in our midst from those who would prey upon them.