Perils of a night on the town
FATHER'S Day should be a happy day, a day to enjoy the family's company. But this Father's Day turned into a nightmare for the Espin family.
Their 21-year-old son, Chris, was in an induced coma in the Royal Brisbane Hospital after being a victim of a cowardly assault in Gympie's CBD.
One wonders if the one punch can kill message will ever get through to some of our brainless residents who frequent our local pubs and clubs late at night.
I enjoy the occasional night out on the town, but as a parent of 21 and 20-year-old boys I fear for their safety when they head out for the night. On too many occasions people resort to violence at parties and in our CBD after a big night out.
The phenomenon isn't just isolated to Gympie. I don't know the answer but until something is done to control alcohol and drug-fuelled violence there will be a lot more families in the same boat as the Espins.