A disturbing video showing an intoxicated nine-year-old boy, holding alcohol in his hand has gone viral over the internet, prompting police action.
The incident was supposedly filmed in a skatepark in Hamilton, New Zealand. The video was uploaded on YouTube on Tuesday night from where it was picked by several media outlets.
Subsequently, the images of the inebriated child caught the attention of New Zealand police who decided to look into the matter.
Police officials said they were appalled that the young boy was supplied with alcohol by adults. It was even more harrowing to see that he was filmed in that position and the footage was posted on a video sharing website.
The police were also called by concerned people in the neighborhood of Fairfield skatepark, who informed them about an underage boy lying intoxicated in the area.
“I see the drunken activities of adults who one would think could make good choices in life,” Inspector Greg Nicholls was quoted as saying.
“But to have a vulnerable young boy consuming alcohol is very appalling," he said.
After tracking down the nine-year-old boy’s home, the police went on to speak with his parents, who reportedly separated about a year ago.
The father of the child – who has not been named – was understandably shocked after watching the video online.
“My heart is ripping out at the moment, I'm trying to hold it together. It's hard," he said.
While the law enforcement officials are still looking for the alcohol suppliers. They requested the video owner on YouTube, Bradley Goudie, to delete the footage.
However, Goudie didn’t comply, arguing skateparks all over the country are used by upcoming thugs as a sort of training area for “bad behavior.”
"I've seen people boosting up and down the pipe with motorbikes, and people smoking drugs and stuff behind the buildings, stuff like that, tagging, all the time," Goudie was reported as saying.
“Cameras, police visits - anything like that could hopefully help [that] kind of behaviour and maybe decrease it to some certain level," he said.
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