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Ten Year Old, Arrested for Giving Food to Terri Schiavo, Apologizes
LifeSite ^ | August 31, 2005

Posted on 09/01/2005 9:51:24 AM PDT by NYer

LifeSiteNews.com
Wednesday August 31, 2005

Ten Year Old Arrested for Giving Food to Terri Schiavo Apologizes

Joshua's arrestTAMPA BAY, August 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Ten year-old Joshua Heldreth, the eldest of eight children, was arrested on Good Friday of this year for trespassing while attempting to bring a drink of water to Miss Terri Schaivo.  Days later Schiavo died of intentional dehydration.  In court Joshua pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 hours of community service and ordered to write an apology for his actions.

The boy whose arrest photo was splashed on front pages of newspapers across the nation wrote in his apology letter, "I was arrested on Good Friday for trespassing on the hospice center's property . . . Not giving Mrs. Shiavo (sic) food or water was wrong.  The reason I had to go on your property was because Jesus would do the same thing.  It made me sad that she was so thirsty and it made Jesus sad too.  I knew she would die without water and I am called by Jesus to be a defender of the defenceless.  So I had to go on your property to try to bring her a drink."

Joshua added, "I am sorry that you didn't like that and wouldn't allow me to help save her life and one day you will have to tell God why.  I won't be able to help you then like I tried to help her. I will pray for you every day . . ."

LifeSiteNews.com caught up with Joshua's father Scott Heldreth today.  Scott told LifeSiteNews.com he is very proud of his son.  "My son has amazed me through this whole thing," said Heldreth.  The proud father said it was his son's own initiative to attempt to give the starving woman a glass of water, and despite the warning of his parents that he'd be arrested, the boy insisted.  "He was the one who begged us to go down, because he wanted to give her a glass of water . . . We explained that police will never let you help . . . you'll be arrested, but he went anyways."

Pro-life leader Rev. Flip Benham of Operation Save America told LifeSiteNews.com that the whole pro-life movement shares Heldreth's pride in his son.  Benham recalls the reaction of Heldreth on Good Friday as he watched his son being arrested: "When that all took place Scott was weeping, this father was weeping tears of joy seeing his son not only talk the Christian talk but walk the walk."

While the apology letter has been submitted, Heldreth told LifeSiteNews.com he's not completely sure it will be accepted.

See Joshua's full handwritten apology letter here:
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005_docs/JoshuaApolog...


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1 posted on 09/01/2005 9:51:28 AM PDT by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
Catholic Ping - Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


2 posted on 09/01/2005 9:52:11 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

What a disgusting spectacle. May God keep me far away from Florida.


3 posted on 09/01/2005 9:53:11 AM PDT by My2Cents
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To: NYer
"I am sorry that you didn't like that and wouldn't allow me to help save her life and one day you will have to tell God why. I won't be able to help you then like I tried to help her. I will pray for you every day . . ."

What can I say? That young man knows what's what!

4 posted on 09/01/2005 9:53:24 AM PDT by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality)
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To: NYer

Good apology. If most 10 year olds expressed themselves that lucidly, this country would be better off.


5 posted on 09/01/2005 9:53:33 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: NYer
While the apology letter has been submitted, Heldreth told LifeSiteNews.com he's not completely sure it will be accepted.

Why would Satan accept this apology?

6 posted on 09/01/2005 9:53:36 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM - Being miserable for no good reason)
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To: luv2lurkhere; Budge; floriduh voter; summer; Coleus; amom; ruoflaw; submarine; cpforlife.org; ...
TERRI SCHIAVO PING! ­
7 posted on 09/01/2005 9:53:38 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
I didn't support the murder of Terri Schiavo but using kids in your protest is wrong.
8 posted on 09/01/2005 9:54:52 AM PDT by bahblahbah
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To: wideawake

"Good apology. If most 10 year olds expressed themselves that lucidly, this country would be better off."

Forget 10 year olds...how about 50 year olds...:)


9 posted on 09/01/2005 9:55:38 AM PDT by fizziwig
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To: NYer

He writes a very eloquent (and slightly vindictive) letter of apology for a kid his age. His faith is quite impressive too. May he do many good things in his lifetime.


10 posted on 09/01/2005 9:56:00 AM PDT by RedBeaconNY (Vous parlez trop, mais vous ne dites rien.)
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To: NYer

Matthew 21:16 and said to Him, "Do You hear what these {children} are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF'?"


11 posted on 09/01/2005 9:56:22 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: NYer

That is one brave little boy, standing up to pure evil.


12 posted on 09/01/2005 9:56:55 AM PDT by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: NYer

An admirable young man.


13 posted on 09/01/2005 9:58:52 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Coleus; Mr. Silverback; cpforlife.org
In court Joshua pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 hours of community service and ordered to write an apology for his actions.

Unbelievable!

14 posted on 09/01/2005 9:59:13 AM PDT by NYer
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To: bahblahbah

This kid wasn't used, he asked to go...


15 posted on 09/01/2005 9:59:40 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Have you gotten your Viking Kittie Patch today? http://www.visualops.com/patch.html)
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To: bahblahbah

Christ will use homever he chooses. His parents didn't force him, as you read it...it was this brave young boy's choice.

On the other hand...he could have stayed home watching MTV and playing Grand Theft Auto like most 10 year olds in America while his parents get ready to go party on "Good" Friday night.


16 posted on 09/01/2005 10:00:09 AM PDT by MadeInAmerica
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To: NYer

Thanks for the ping!


17 posted on 09/01/2005 10:00:39 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: NYer

If they really wanted to slug this thing out, I think they'd have grounds on the basis that a court cannot force a person to apologize for something. To do so is to force a person to admit guilt; something anathema to our justice system.


18 posted on 09/01/2005 10:00:55 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: NYer

In essence, he tells the judge 'You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order!'


19 posted on 09/01/2005 10:01:32 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: NYer

And we actually think that God's judgement won't rain down on us? Next time it might be fire and brimstone.


20 posted on 09/01/2005 10:03:09 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: frogjerk

Why would Satan accept this apology?


Court order didn't say it had to be accepted? only that he write it?


21 posted on 09/01/2005 10:04:29 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

I like your point. Can you force someone to plead guilty to something? No, it is their choice. So how can you force someone to "write a letter of apology"? If he is not sorry he tried to help Terri, how can he be Constitutionally forced to say he is?


23 posted on 09/01/2005 10:05:43 AM PDT by txrangerette
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To: NYer

Way to exploit a child for a political cause - what a wonderful father....


24 posted on 09/01/2005 10:06:00 AM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: NYer
In court Joshua pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 hours of community service and ordered to write an apology for his actions.

What a courageous young man. I wonder how many 10 yr olds accused of other crimes get off scott free? It's seems they wanted, needed, to make an example of him for bringing water to a dying woman. How dare he interfere with their plans! /sarcasm I like his apology.

25 posted on 09/01/2005 10:06:03 AM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: Mr Ramsbotham; floriduh voter; Gazetteer
FYI.

This is the stuff of nightmares.

God Bless this little one who knew the decision to kill mentally broken but physically healthy human being in a NAZI KAMP style death, forcing her to DIE of hunger and thirst, is beyond brutal. Is, in fact, insane.

26 posted on 09/01/2005 10:06:35 AM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo comes to mind...ulitimate control is never relinquished with ease)
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To: NYer
"Not giving Mrs. Shiavo (sic) food or water was wrong. The reason I had to go on your property was because Jesus would do the same thing."
Joshua added, "I am sorry that you didn't like that and wouldn't allow me to help save her life and one day you will have to tell God why. I won't be able to help you then like I tried to help her."

I don't know if he wrote this by himself or not, but it's exactly right. I wouldn't want to have to tell God why they denied water to a woman they were starving to death. And not believing in God isn't going to help them very much either.

27 posted on 09/01/2005 10:07:02 AM PDT by GBA
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To: MadeInAmerica
His parents didn't force him, as you read it...it was this brave young boy's choice.

You believe he came to his decision independently of his parents? I sure don't.
28 posted on 09/01/2005 10:07:09 AM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: My2Cents

your from someplace far worse my friend.....this issue is local....

The state is solid red which is more than I can say for California.


29 posted on 09/01/2005 10:08:29 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
If they really wanted to slug this thing out, I think they'd have grounds on the basis that a court cannot force a person to apologize for something. To do so is to force a person to admit guilt; something anathema to our justice system.

Judeges have gone way further than this. They have forced offenders to carry signs or wear T-shirts that trumpet their guilt. And if I recall correctly, many Freepers were in favor of these kinds of tactics.
30 posted on 09/01/2005 10:09:23 AM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: Republic; 8mmMauser

THE CHILD WAS FORCED BY JUDICIAL DESPOTS TO APOLOGIZE, I guarantee you that. The child was probably afraid that they would be starved next.


31 posted on 09/01/2005 10:09:36 AM PDT by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org Daily Newsfeeds & Weekly Update)
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To: Vaquero

If solid red, than why don't the good people in Florida do something about their barbaric laws?


32 posted on 09/01/2005 10:09:39 AM PDT by My2Cents
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To: bahblahbah

This boy wasn't used, except by God. He shames the adults who failed to do anything to stop this atrocity!


33 posted on 09/01/2005 10:09:46 AM PDT by Emily RN
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To: atomicpossum

"I am sorry that you didn't like that and wouldn't allow me to help save her life and one day you will have to tell God why..."

It should be amusing watching Judge Greer try to explain his way out of this one when faces God. He will get the same mercy and compassion that he showed to Terri Schiavo. Which doesn't bode well for him."


34 posted on 09/01/2005 10:10:27 AM PDT by DarthVader (Islam is not something to be understood, it is something that must be utterly destroyed)
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To: NYer

This is a man. God bless him for doing what is right! There is a much higher authority than man and he knows it. If we (and I include myself) had half the belief he does, Terri would be alive today.


35 posted on 09/01/2005 10:10:39 AM PDT by trustandobey (Delay 2008)
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To: Salt Grain
"SOMEBODY was expressing themself but I assure you it wasn't the boy."

Maybe, maybe not. There are all sorts of gifted children and child prodigies who excel to a level of skill not normally seen at their age.

36 posted on 09/01/2005 10:11:15 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Okay, I am not a lawyer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

Since the kid already admitted guilt by pleading guilty, the judge isn't forcing the kid to admit guilt. He (the kid) already did.

Now it can be argued that even though the kid admitted guilt, he feels no remorse and should not be forced to write a letter for something that he acknowledges was illegal but morally right.

I find it outrageous that the courts would require anyone to apologize for anything. Aside from the fact that the kid has nothing to apologize for, a forced apology is no apology.


37 posted on 09/01/2005 10:12:28 AM PDT by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: Salt Grain
I disagree. The vocabulary and sentence structure is far simpler than I would expect from an adult apology.

An intelligent ten year old could have written this.

38 posted on 09/01/2005 10:12:43 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Stone Mountain

I believe his parents did not stop him once he made the choice to follow his own beliefs. His father, as he even stated, told him what the results would be...Jail.

How could someone of true faith tell his son "Hey, it's the right thing to do. Christ would do it, sure, and he would be pleased by those actions... but you will get in trouble, so don't do it." Great message to send.

We need more parents to teach their children to stand for good, regardless of what is in their way.


39 posted on 09/01/2005 10:13:05 AM PDT by MadeInAmerica
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To: NYer

May Ms. Schiavo rest in peace. Amen.


40 posted on 09/01/2005 10:14:03 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: NYer
The LEOs from Pinellas Park, Florida, should be sent to New Orleans. Let's see if they are as tough against heavily armed thugs as they were against 10 year old kids. Judge Greer should be given a shotgun and accompany the lawmen. Let's see if he can enforce law and order as well.
41 posted on 09/01/2005 10:15:39 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: NYer

This little fellow has a VERY bright future ahead of him.


42 posted on 09/01/2005 10:16:28 AM PDT by Antoninus (Dominus Iesus, miserere nobis.)
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To: Stone Mountain
You believe he came to his decision independently of his parents? I sure don't.

I would certainly hope that this young man got his values from his parents. That's usually the way it works. Where do you kids get their values? From the street? Or worse, from public schools?

43 posted on 09/01/2005 10:16:57 AM PDT by My2Cents
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To: NYer
"Joshua added, "I am sorry that you didn't like that and wouldn't allow me to help save her life and one day you will have to tell God why.

I like this kid.

44 posted on 09/01/2005 10:17:25 AM PDT by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Antoninus
This little fellow has a VERY bright future ahead of him.

Maybe the Florida GOP can run him against Bill Nelson.

45 posted on 09/01/2005 10:17:35 AM PDT by My2Cents
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To: My2Cents

Nothing but net.......Great shot


46 posted on 09/01/2005 10:18:48 AM PDT by MadeInAmerica
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To: My2Cents

lots of liberals in Florida.....too many liberals in California....like my own home state the Peoples Republic of NY.

but don't damn a state better than your own.


47 posted on 09/01/2005 10:18:57 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein)
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To: Republic

It is appalling that Pinellas County would make a child apologize for being a good samaritan!


48 posted on 09/01/2005 10:20:09 AM PDT by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org Daily Newsfeeds & Weekly Update)
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To: MadeInAmerica
How could someone of true faith tell his son "Hey, it's the right thing to do. Christ would do it, sure, and he would be pleased by those actions... but you will get in trouble, so don't do it." Great message to send.

This actually makes my point. Tell the child something that will make it seem heroic for him to carry out this action and surprise, he goes and carries it out. This is why children shouldn't be used in political causes - they are easily manipulated, particularly by their parents. I can't believe a 10-year-old who, for instance, got arrested for trespassing while protesting the war in Iraq would get the same kind of consideration here that this boy is getting now. But it's the same thing. Children are indoctrinated, for good or for bad, by their parents. Most of us realize that using a child for political propaganda purposes (and make no mistake, that's what is happening here) is wrong whether or not we agree with the child.
49 posted on 09/01/2005 10:20:59 AM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: Vaquero

That's my point. I don't consider Florida better than my own...not on this issue.


50 posted on 09/01/2005 10:21:38 AM PDT by My2Cents
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