Teen nearly dies after in­gest­ing weed killer

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kings­ley Em­manuel

On New Year’s Day a 16-year-old stu­dent of the Choiseul Sec­ondary School was ad­mit­ted to the St. Jude Hos­pi­tal, fight­ing for his life after in­gest­ing the deadly weed killer, Gramox­one.

Don­ald Clery of Banse, La­borie, in­gested the weed killer at about 6 p.m on Sun­day, New Year’s Day, in his bed­room at his mother’s home. His grief­stricken fam­ily says he drank about half of a 12 oz. glass of the sub­stance.

A hand­writ­ten note which was found in his bed­room read in part: “There is noth­ing to life when you lose some­one . . . No one knows what pain you go through . . .”

The dev­as­tated fam­ily is now try­ing to fig­ure out whether Clery is still griev­ing the loss of his mother who passed away three years ago, or a sev­ered re­la­tion­ship with a beloved friend.

The teen was found froth­ing in his bed­room by his younger brother, Chris­tian Clery, who alerted fam­ily mem­bers of the chill­ing dis­cov­ery. “When I saw my brother I started cry­ing,” he said.

Clery com­mit­ted the act sev­eral hours after re­turn­ing from Cas­tries where he spent a few weeks with his friends, who his fam­ily in La­borie say they do not know.

Ac­cord­ing to his grand­mother, Anna Clery with whom he lived, the first thing her grand­son did when he re­turned from Cas­tries was hug her; a while later he went to the toi­let and then to his bed­room. Mo­ments later she de­tected the smell of Gramox­one and won­dered who was spray­ing grass at that time of the day.

Anna Clery said that when she saw her grand­son’s state after he drank the weed killer she was dev­as­tated and did not know what to do. “Don­ald did not tell us whether he had a prob­lem . . . He would leave the house and go any­where with­out telling me,” she grieved.

Ac­cord­ing to an un­cle, Oc­tave Clery, his nephew asked him for Gramox­one to clean a por­tion of land to plant veg­eta­bles, and the un­cle told him jok­ingly that if he wanted Gramox­one to drink, he could give him some.

The un­cle said Clery took the weed killer, which was bought to spray the grass in the yard for the sea­son, with­out his knowl­edge.

He said he also re­called dur­ing their con­ver­sa­tion Clery com­ing close and star­ing at him. He added that Clery showed him photos of friends from his cell phone.

After the in­ci­dent the po­lice and fam­ily mem­bers tried to ob­tain the phone by call­ing its num­ber and thor­oughly search­ing the house, but to no avail.

Jen­nifer Clery, one of Clery’s sis­ters, said the sit­u­a­tion left her in shock and grief. “When I saw him he was froth­ing . . . I asked him why he drank the Gramox­one but he did not an­swer,” she grieved.

She added that prior to the in­ci­dent, her brother did noth­ing to sug­gest he had a prob­lem. “Don­ald never showed signs of dis­tress. No­body knew he had a prob­lem,” she lamented.

Don­ald Clery was re­leased from hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day.

Jen­nifer Clery, sis­ter of the teen, and the house where the in­ci­dent took place.

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