YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It is a heartbreaking video of a man telling his 8-year-old son that his mother had died of a drug overdose and it has gone viral.
The video is generating some criticism for the man who posted it to social media because he's the little boy's father.
The issue is whether posting the video exploits the child or does some good by showing the horrible impact the addiction epidemic is having in our area. That's the question millions across the globe who have looked at the video are asking.
On Wednesday, WFMJ anchor Jennifer Brindisi had the chance to sit down exclusively with the father who made the decision to post it.
It was even difficult for Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark to watch again -- a video taken with him, his son, and Brenden's mother -- telling his 8-year-old child that mommy, 29-year-old Lacy Wood, overdosed and died in Warren earlier this month.
In the video, you can see and hear the disturbing reaction of little 8-year-old Cameron Clark.
WFMJ decided not to show it because it might be upsetting for some viewers and the boy.
Clark said that he did the hardest thing he's ever had to do- he had someone film the moment- hoping it would save another life.
Brindisi asked, "Why share it with a child on the worst day of his life? What was your response?" Clark replied "Like I said, I was really iffy about it."
Clark said that his son did not know the video was being recorded. The father posted it after his son told him it was OK.
But ultimately he posted the video of his son crying into his grandmother's arms and dad's, as a wake-up call for drug addicts with families and especially those with children. It has gone global and has been viewed 25 million times.
"That was my motive in putting it out there, to show the impact it has on our children," explained Clark.
Clark has had his own problems in the past including drug abuse but being sober and in recovery has given him his life back.
Thousands have commented on Clark's page, mostly supportive but some negative. Several thought he should not have told his son how mom died.
Clark responded "You want me to lie to my son and say oh what, it was a car wreck or suicide? No, I'm going to be honest with my son because you know what in the future when someone tries to offer him something, some drugs or whatever the case may be in whatever situation, maybe my son will think about this and see what it did to his family, see what it did to his mother."
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