Through this tragedy of our family, we hope to raise the awareness level for parents and how crucial it is to be involved in your child’s life and know the parents of your child’s friends.
We would first like to thank the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, particularly Detective Chet Cougill, for their thoroughness in the investigative process. Second, the State Attorney’s Office for their determination in prosecuting this case. And, lastly, Sheriff Nocco for publicly stating if you give kids drugs you are going to jail. As stated by the Sheriff’s Office, this case is a first of its type but hopefully sends the message that providing children with drugs is a crime. What is unique here is that the case not only includes the misuse of prescription drugs but the actual purchase of over-the-counter medication to be used improperly.
We all want to believe that parents universally will have common sense and take care of their child when they are in someone else’s care. Obviously, that was not the case here. More importantly, there is the costly lesson of knowing what type of parents your child’s friends have. We hope justice will be found for our daughter and lessons of this tragedy can reach parents and at least initiate a conversation between them and their children.
To all the friends and family who have helped my family through this time, we thank you for the support and strength to move forward each day and hope to all reading this that you take the time to talk to your kids about the dangers of drugs. We kindly request your newspaper team to continue to provide coverage, thereby spreading more awareness so no other family must endure this type of tragedy.
Editor’s note: Kaleigh Tzobanakis, 15, died of an overdose after a party at a friend’s house in late May. The friend’s father has been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death.