People often ask ‘where are the parents?’, but this dad knows the ‘nightmare’ of youth crime

One question often asked in the youth crime debate frustrates Gary: ‘Where are the parents?’ 

“They don’t actually know what’s happening behind the scene, what parents are going through,” he said.

For three years, Gary would spend many of his nights driving around the Gold Coast, searching for his wayward teenage son.

“I used to cry a lot in the car. I used to say to myself, ‘Why is this happening to me? ‘Why is God punishing me?'” he said.

“My kids were always loved. There was never any drugs or alcohol in my life.”

Gary, who asked to remain anonymous, said his son was “going in and out…

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