Justice For Henry
I’m sitting here on a Wednesday morning with my two little ones. We’ve eaten oatmeal, painted, played with play-doh and given impromptu “ice skating” performances. I turned on Sesame Street to check some blogs – one in particular that I cannot get off my mind lately. I’ve been feeling guilty that my kids are watching too much tv, but it’s funny how mundane things like that are put into perspective by much larger issues that so many others face daily.
Sunday night, I got home from work exhausted. I promised myself I’d just check emails and a few blogs quickly, then go to bed. Ohdeehdoh had a link to a NY Times article about Heather Armstrong of dooce.com and in the article it linked to a blog I’d never heard of, mamapundit.com, with the following description:
- “Mama Pundit, Katie Allison Granju’s blog, was mostly about her blended second family. But then last spring her 18-year-old son, Henry, who had been struggling with addiction, was beaten in a drug deal gone wrong. After an overdose and several precarious weeks in the hospital, he died. Thousands of strangers followed her grief and rebuilding, as she went on to give birth to a daughter weeks after losing her son.” – from the NY Times article “Queen of the Mommy Bloggers” published February 23, 2011.
I linked over from there and proceeded to spend until 3am reading every single detail on her blog about her son and the details surrounding his death last May. She has only recently published the details surrounding the circumstances that led to her son’s death as she did not want to interfere with the investigation that she continued to hope was happening by law enforcement, but it has become abundantly clear that this investigation was not happening and the manner in which it has been handled is so astounding and incredulous.
Everyone deserves a voice. Nothing – NOTHING – in life is simply black and white. There is so much gray matter, and seemingly this entire case was dismissed because Henry was a young man who ultimately died as a result of a drug overdose. My heart breaks for this young man and for his family. Please, read Henry’s story. Share Henry’s story.