Pubdate: Mon, 23 Apr 2007
Source: Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV)
Copyright: 2007 Nevada Appeal
Author: Teri Vance
Bookmark: (Methamphetamine)



The names of Mary's children were changed in this story.

It was an agonizing decision.

We wanted to present the most accurate image to the community of the 
effects methamphetamine has not just on the users, but on those around them.

At the same time, we wanted to minimize any harm that could come to her boys.

Although neither of them have anything to be ashamed of, we ended up 
changing their names.

In talking to experts, we determined that the decision to share their 
experiences with their peers should be their own.

While changing their names may not completely shield them from being 
identified, it sends a message to the boys that they are ultimately 
in control of their own story.

We want the community to understand that methamphetamine abuse is a 
real problem, and there are real children who suffer as a result.

We trust that instead of punishing these two boys for the mistakes of 
their mother, that their classmates, teachers and community leaders 
will approach them with compassion and understanding.

And the boys also have reason to be proud of their mom. Despite her 
wrong choices, she's also demonstrated a great amount of courage in 
sharing her life, hoping to make a difference.

The Nevada Appeal is setting up a scholarship fund for Mary's two 
sons to encourage them to pursue higher education.

The Appeal will pledge $500 to each boy, and will donate $1 from each 
new subscription to the fund. We will accept donations from the 
community as well.

To donate, contact me at  or 881-1272.