Media coverage was ‘unbearable’ say grieving parents
THE parents of Nathaniel Pritchard said media reporting on his death had been “unbearable”.
Reading a joint statement at a press conference on Tuesday, Sharon and Vincent Pritchard said they did not believe his death was linked to others or have anything to do with living in Bridgend.
“We have lost our son and media reporting of this has made it incredibly difficult and more unbearable,” the statement said.
“We didn’t wish to speak to the media about his death but we feel we have to not just for our family but for other families who have lost loved ones.
“We feel media coverage could trigger other young people who are vulnerable into attempting to take their own lives.
“We feel the media coverage put an idea in his head and we feel he was influenced by coverage.
“It may have given him the belief it would give him attention.”
Speaking through her Unison colleague, Coun David Sage, Natasha Randall’s grandmother, Wendy Ferris, backed Nathaniel’s parents.
“The only ones that have written a fair write-up is the Glamorgan Gazette,” said Coun Sage.
“Mrs Ferris wants the media to lay off and give families time to breathe and come to terms with their loss.”
But Anthony Martin’s mother, Tracy Roberts, said she believes the media are promoting the issue and the need for better services for youngsters in the borough.
“I think it’s highlighting the situation,” she said.
“I think the only link between them is people are not looking at the problem.
“It’s a complex issue and I think people want to sweep it under the carpet.”