The review into the in-care death of a BC teen has been completed, but it’s illegal to make the report public.
Nick Lang died in June, after five days in government care, while seeking treatment for a methamphetamine addiction.
But his father Peter has seen the document. He’s calling it inadequate, and says it hides the truth.
“I really believe there’s been a lot of lies, and a lot of hiding of facts in my son’s case. And the only thing that’s really saved us is the fact that I saved a bunch of text messages, as did Nick’s mom.”
He says he feels the review was doomed to failure from the beginning, because of the way it was set up.
“It was a waste of taxpayers’ money as we suspected from the outset. The person who did it was a nice guy, but he was a contractor, and his paycheque depends on getting future contracts, so of course he’s going to please whoever’s signing his paycheque.”
Lang says instead, he wants to see a full-blown independent investigation from the office of the BC’s children’s’ watchdog.
“I believe she’ll get to the bottom of it, so I’m confident in her review”
Global News reports that Children’s advocate Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond will go in front of the province’s finance committee next week to request for the funding to conduct her investigation.
String of youth deaths
Lang’s case is just one in a string of recent youth deaths that have raised questions about the Ministry of Children and Family development.
In September, 18-year-old Alex Gervais fell to his death from the window of an Abbotsford hotel, where he was being housed contrary to ministry policy.