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By Greg Thomson, Community Newspaper Group editor-in-chief
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THE arrest of a teenage boy in Bali for possession of marijuana should serve as a warning to families planning an overseas holiday to talk to their children about the enormous risk that comes with illegal drug possession.
Nobody wants a teenager or anybody locked away in an Indonesian jail,however when are we going to wake up the the fact we are visitors and our lifstyle and beliefs are not theirs.
Stop going overseas thinking your kids can roam the streets of an overseas country where poverty and corruption do exist which leads to setups while you laze around the pool drinking cocktails.
If the 14yr old was considered mature enough to be out where this could happen without adult supervision then he is streetwise to the laws and if he is naive then his parents are cupable for neglecting their duty.
Release the boy and lock up the parents for a month.
Then perhaps this stupid & easily avoided "sting" won't happen again and if it does then que sera sera...
As an Australian who is tired of foreigners breaking our laws or not respecting our culture I am ashamed we Yet Again disrespected anothers laws.
Like Judge Judy says - by the time you get caught - you would have done it ten times... Australia can learn from Indonesia - and that way we may have less criminals behind bars by the time they are old enough to serve jail time. I think a two year jail sentence will suffice and set an example to the rest of the kids that think they are adults.
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