YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WOIO) - A father in Youngstown asked someone to film the moment when he told his 8-year-old son that his mother died of a heroin overdose in what he said was an effort to save other parents struggling with addiction.
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Bickerstaff-Clark wrote on Facebook when he shared the video:
In the video, you see Bickerstaff-Clark across from his 8-year-old at a picnic table.
"I got something to tell you, OK?" he says. "Mommy died last night."
It is both heartbreaking and jaw-d ropping to watch. The boy silenced for a couple seconds, staring at his dad as if confused.
"What my mom?" he blurts. "How?"
His dad tells him it is because of drugs. That's when the boy is embraced by a woman sitting next to him as he sobs.
"It's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," Bickerstaff-Clark says.
The reaction to the controversial video has been both positive and negative. Many of the 82,600 people who have commented and 621,600 people who have shared it on Facebook applaud the young father for trying to spread awareness of addiction and others have condemned the man for being insensitive by putting his child in the public's eye during a vulnerable situation.
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