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    A big part of my inspiration for The Drug Report was Beth Pearce's amazing film, VOICE OF THE VICTIMS: TRUE STORIES OF ECSTASY AND KETAMINE. The film simply lets the victims of drug tragedies tell their stories. It's real life, it's undeniable, and it's incredibly powerful. I'm sure Beth has saved many, many lives, and it is my hope that this blog will do so as well. To learn more about her film, go to Voice Of The Victims.


    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

Melanie Boyd’s Dad Comments

Posted by Childress on July 12, 2006


A few days back, I posted the story of Melanie Boyd (above), a young and beautiful Australian girl who ingested a mix of prescription drugs, alcohol and illegal drugs at a pharm party.  That’s pretty standard stuff for a pharm party — but the results were tragic, as Melanie died.

Melanie’s dad saw the post and wrote this comment:

As Melanie’s father, my anger at my daughter’s senseless and avoidable death rages unabated.

No-one appears to be taking this seriously. Melanie was fed a deadly mix of alcohol, cannibis, prescription drugs and, finally, speed by fellow students from a supposedly “exclusive” school. The response from the school? “Not our problem – it occurred after school hours.” The school has no drugs awareness program. They have lied to the press about that. The two students who supplied Melanie with the drugs have wealthy parents. They will not be expelled. Instead, they are offered counselling to help them “cope with” Melanie’s death. Both these spoilt little brats have shown no remorse – indeed, they are bragging on the internet chat rooms that “it will all blow over in a week”. They will both graduate and claim the prestige of the school as their own.

My Melanie will never graduate. Where is the Justice?

Good question — and one that unfortunately doesn’t have an answer.

He later posted this clarification:

I am pleased to report that the orginal information I had received was incorrect. The school has now taken appropriate action and has reviewed it drug awareness education program.

That’s good, but it’s awful that a student had to die before they thought to review the program.


4 Responses to “Melanie Boyd’s Dad Comments”

  1. dave said

    I’m afraid the two little spoilt brats would be serving a prison sentence if i had my way.Because they are at an exclusive school doesn’t mean they should escape criminal justice.

  2. Childress said

    Ditto. They not only deserve jail time, they need it. If allowed to get away with this, there is a great chance they will never get over it and never mature. Jail very well might straighten these two out — and they certainly need straightening.

  3. Nikki said

    I knew Melanie as a kid. When I found out this had happened, I was devastated. Every now and then I’d run into her around town, and after the rest of my day was great. This girl was a ray of light in many people’s lives. The fact that some stupid kids took advantage of her good nature and did this to her not only effected me, but also her real friends, family, and more. The kids who got away with this may not be getting what they deserve, but justice will prevail later in their life, and if they ever lose a family or friend to an accident to do with drugs, they’ll remember what they did to Mel. Rest in peace, I’ll always remember you.

  4. Tamara said

    Mel and i grew up together and all i can say in no uncertain terms is those girls should be rotting in hell or be where mel is now. it angers me so much to think they are getting away with this. i will always remember mel as one of my best buddies and the girl who always made you smile and was always up for fun. As kids mel and i were pretty mischeivious when we got together and both her parents and mine tried to stop us from being frineds, and i am so glad we both chose to ignore that. my heart is with you mel and i think about you every day, you are my angel, i love you…Lots of love through eternity Mara

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