It’s the sort of intrusive question that must surely wake singer Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick from their sleep.
As they struggle with the utter senselessness of their son Arthur’s death the question that must haunt them is surely ‘what if, what if, what if’?
Arthur Cave was 15 when he and a friend decided to take LSD in July this year.
He fell to his death from a 60 ft cliff after taking the drug for the first time.
He was not the first teen to take risks. He won’t be the last.
At the inquest into his death yesterday the coroner said: “Some time was taken to do research beforehand but the long and short of it is that the drug was taken. It was taken by lads who were inquiring and experimenting which kids do all the time.
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“It would horrify us parents if we knew, but we will never know as they get away with it.”
And that is the terrible, horrible truth. Teens do take risks. It’s part of growing up. And most of the time we parents do not know they are tasking these risks.