What our social networkers are saying
Reaction to the NewsMail reporting on Lachlan Dempsey being caught in control of a vessel while under the influence of alcohol.
■ Whilst I don’t condone the behaviour I am disgusted at the reporting of a minor just because of who his dad is. Shame on you NewsMail. — Linda Pennington
■ Jack’s children are all very nice, well mannered people, a real credit to Jack and especially his wife, who has been the one at home with the children while Jack has been doing a lot of work for the people of Qld and Bundaberg over the years. Most parents would have had a child who has made poor choices at some stage, many don’t get caught and have no major consequences. For those who get caught, at least they don’t get plastered all over the news because of the role their father has in the community. Believe me, I’m sure the young man has been well disciplined at home over this issue (unlike many others whose parents couldn’t care less) and the last thing he needs is a whipping by the press too. — Wendy Klein
■ Look, I don’t like Jack for reasons I say but I do think his young bloke got the raw prawn treatment. He was reportedly only in control with a paddle for Chrissake, not under mechanical power and just a short drifting paddle to the ramp. Completely overcooked story in my opinion and giving the kid a bad rap.
I do not condone drink driving of any kind but this is just what nightmares are made of, overzealous idiots with power thrust upon them.
Common sense would say this could have been verbally handled at the ramp and a cautionary verbal notice given. — Stephen Beiger
■ Well, it happens and as young people do, this is how they learn lessons sometimes... I have made mistakes as a young person and learnt my lesson. Sometimes we just learn the hard way and thing is the kid will be disciplined and most of us just don’t get write ups in the NewsMail... give the man a break. — Nikki Watson
■ So let me get this straight, We have a boy who is a talented ALF player, contributes to society by being involved in charities and is about to become a taxpayer by starting an apprenticeship, had spent some quality time with his brother in a “vessel”, enjoying a drink. He slipped up, big deal! Did you report on every teenager at Schoolies? — Barb Williams
■ Media scum just had to let everyone know that Jack has a normal son like we all have. Have you heard the saying...”you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink”. One can only teach and hope they don’t make mistakes. But then the media have perfect kids.
It is not like he is running amok and in the courts weekly. For heaven’s sake bring us some decent news instead of the crap, you wonder why we don’t buy your paper. — Laurel Dahlhelm Prince
■ Firstly, he was in a boat not on the road. And honestly, anyone with teenagers knows how difficult it is to steer them through these years without some drama. How much more difficult for a family in the limelight because of Dad’s dedication to our community? He hasn’t raped, committed armed robbery, or anything major, he had a drink on a boat with his brother at new year, which I suspect he will regret for a long time. I’ll end by saying, happy 2018 to Jack and his family.
I hope the year improves after this crap from NewsMail at the start. Oh and Jack, I happen to think you and your team are doing a great job for Bundy. Good on you all. — Lynn C Merry