Sherrie Gavan of suburban St. Louis tried hard to protect her son from heroin, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She confiscated his cellphone, sent him to live with relatives and enrolled him in a different high school. She drug tested him as many as three times a day and brought him with her to work. When those efforts failed, she drove to the home of a person she believed supplied the drug: 21-year-old Joshua Loyd.
She wound up hitting him with an aluminum baseball bat. “I don’t know if I can say that what I did was right,” she said. “But it was the only thing I could do in the moment.” Now Gavan faces a charge of third-degree assault. Last month, the Facebook page “Stand with Sherrie Gavan” sprang up anonymously. More than 335 people have given it a thumbs up. The case illustrates a common frustration for parents caught in the growing heroin epidemic: How to protect their children?