GAMBLING IS DRIVING OUR CHILDREN TO
COMMIT CRIMES AND SUICIDE
5.1.06

A 16-year-old (gambling addict) was deep in depression and got caught forging checks. He was so scared of going to jail that he jumped out the courthouse window from the 16th floor and died.
Teens especially vulnerable to gambling addiction/San Bernadino County Sun/12.31.03

Franzese (Assistant Athletic Director Univ. of Central Florida) said, "You don’t hear about the University of Wisconsin student who murdered three people over a gambling debt and then hung himself in his jail cell on the eve of his trial -- and it was all because he had a gambling problem. You're not hearing about these things -- kids struggling in school, dropping out of school, getting caught in criminal activity because they owe money to bookmakers."
Gambling: The 'Silent' Addiction among Teens/WDC Media News, Los Angeles/ 4.20.06

Trevor Vineberg died July 2, 1995, shortly before his 26th birthday. A resident of Montreal's West Island, he had been gambling for 10 years, first on an early arcade variation of VLTs, and then on VLTs themselves. He had put himself into debt, gone to Gamblers Anonymous, abstained for a year, fallen back into gambling and debt (at the time of his death, he owed $10,000 and was three months behind in his car payments) -- and could face the struggle no longer. "We found him in the garage. Dead. He just got into the car and went to sleep."
"Trevor suffered extreme mental turmoil," she says firmly. "That's what the machines do."
GAMBLING /The Dark Side of Paradise

Ms. Vineberg, who turns 59 next week, said she blames her son's fatal addiction (SUICIDE) on VLTs installed at a video arcade near their home in Montreal. Many of those venues were youth-oriented, she said, including restaurants, bowling alleys, billiard halls and the back-rooms of arcades.
The Halifax Herald Limited Mother relates son's suicide in speech at gambling forum 10.5.04

Wexler said a parent recently explained how a student stole $2,500 to gamble with. Wexler knows the story all too well as he started gambling when he was 7 or 8-years old. By 14, he was gambling with a bookie and by 21, he was stealing to support his gambling addiction.
College students struggle with gambling addictions/www.statehornet.com/10.05.05

Teen gambling made headlines in Montreal this fall when a group of students at a prestigious prep school were busted in relation to a poorly planned counterfeit ring. The grade 9 and 10 students were trading the fake bills to help pay off their friend's $12,000 Internet gambling debt.
City high school students join poker playing craze/The Edmonton Journal/12.2.04

Six percent of middle- and high-school students surveyed in Monroe said they gambled daily, twice the rate found two years ago. In the extreme, gambling debts may drive teens to serious crimes, including burglary and selling drugs. Domestic violence can be another result.
Warning Signal On Underage Gambling/pokermag.com/12.14.03

Young problem gamblers can be more prone to delinquency, criminal behaviour, disrupted family and peer relationships and lower school performance and work activities.
We're Raising Gamblers/ http://thetyee.ca/News/2006/04/13/RaisingGamblers/4.13.06

It still is, to such an extent that gambling rings involving betting on college basketball resulted in arrests at Mt. Carmel, St. Rita and Marist high schools in Chicago in the past week. Of the nation's nearly 16 million college students, one out of four gamble, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Student gambling on rise? You bet/Chicago Tribune/3.16.06

The son of the Alsip police chief illegally arranged tens of thousands of dollars in college basketball bets for Southwest Side Catholic high school students, Cook County prosecutors say. The students were making daily bets -- from $50 to $4,000 a game... Two students accumulated about $13,500 each in unpaid gambling debt, Baker said. And when some students didn't pay their debts, they were threatened with violence, according to the Cook County sheriff's office. Some students paid as much as $3,000 to $4,000 a week in losses, Baker said.
Alsip police chief's son charged/http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-gamb11.html/3.11.06

An Oak Lawn man on Monday became the second man charged with illegally arranging bets for Chicago-area Catholic high school students, authorities said. Dalzell was accused of arranging bets for students at two Southwest Side Catholic high schools, Marist and St. Rita. They said six Mount Carmel students placed thousands of dollars in bets each week with Quinlan. One student lost about $17,000, and three others lost $10,000 each, Assistant State's Attorney Russ Baker said. When one student was unable to pay his debt, Quinlan said he was passing the debt on to someone else "for collection," Baker said.
Oak Lawn man charged in gambling ring /www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsnews/141abn1.htm/3.14.06

Two years ago, Paul, a 17-year-old from New Jersey, stole his father's American Express card to play online poker. Within a few weeks it was $10,000 into the red.
Online poker hooks teenagers/ http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/ 0,,1729148,00.html/3.12.06

However, counselors warn the Texas Hold-em "high" teens get may put them at risk for a lifelong addiction. He said it's a habit that can tear a family apart as they search for answers. "What do I do? I'm bailing them out. I'm in debt. They're in debt. They're in trouble. They are still living with me. They've stolen everything I've got," Harris said. "It gets out of control." "We've seen them in restaurants, we've seen them in little mom-and-pop businesses," First Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg said. "And so, they're there for anybody to access, including children. Arcades, we've seen them in video arcades."
Young gamblers are on the rise nationwide/www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/
MYSA022406.teengambling.kens.5e003d69.html/2.24.06

This is a problem that's sweeping the nation. It's gotten so bad that in December a Pennsylvania teen was accused of robbing a bank to try and pay off massive gambling debts. All your child needs is a valid credit card or bank account number before the bets begin (internet gambling). Warren Bickel is a Physiatrist and the Director of the Center for Addiction at UAMS. He says the teenage brain just isn't able to handle stakes that high.
Underage Online Gambling:Problem That's Sweeping The Nation/KATV, AR/2.23.06

A 19-year-old student from Lehigh University, robbed a bank trying to steal enough money to pay of his $5,000 online gambling debt
Robbery Blamed On Addiction to Online Casinos/http://www.online-casinos.com /news/news1681.asp/1.26.06

"They're getting younger and younger." Mark, 17, who burglarized cars to get money to support his gambling habit, seemed stunned after a night in jail. "That night, I was just thinking about how much gambling has ruined my life. Said Judge Farrell: "The people involved in compulsive gambling act the same as drug addicts."
Gambling's new teenage heroes (and victims)/San Francisco Chronicle/1.11.06

Health Center, said gambling addiction can cause poor grades, involvement in risky behaviors like drinking and using drugs, trouble with family and friends and isolation.
Gambling tempts many students
http://www.cm-life.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/02/03/43e2e4be97b39 /2.03.06

Lt. John Leyden III, officer in charge of the state police intelligence organized crime unit, said state police do not have reason to believe that other students from Providence College or surrounding institutions played a role in the gambling operations. "The men involved were very closely associated with the New England crime family," he said.
Gambling ring in local bars' basements unearthed
http://media.www.thecowl.com/media/paper493/news/2006/01/26/News/
Gambling.Ring.In.Local.Bars.Basements.Unearthed1514117.shtml?
sourcedomain=www.thecowl.com&MIIHost=media.collegepublisher.com/1.26.06


When a local bookie demanded that Jay either pay up or take a beating, the University of Maryland student might have realized he had a gambling problem. But until antigambling education is the norm in grade school, the fact that gambling appears to have taken off with the "beautiful people" won't help.
Campuses Slow To Deal With Gambling/http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/25/ national/main1236359.shtml/1.25.06

Minutes after three Jackson teens appeared in court today on murder charges, the brother of the man they are accused of shooting said he believes the three robbed and killed Jonathan Harris over gambling money. "I talked to my brother on the phone, and he told me he was gambling with them," said Octavius Harris.
Gambling alleged as factor in city's most recent homicide By Kelli Esters
http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060120/NEWS/60120012/1.20.06

"I was invited to go to a school the day before Christmas vacation and I got there at 7 o'clock in the morning and they were wheeling a boy out in a body bag," he says. "He had hung himself the night before because he had lost on a bet. I know it's hard for people to believe but people die from compulsive gambling."
The youthful lure of online poker/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4230630.stm/9.11.05

Wuelfing (Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling) hears from troubled teenagers who have sold their possessions and even sold drugs, not to get high, but to pay off gambling debts.
Youth gambling increase raises concerns/Eagle TribuneJan 8, 2006/By Marjory Sherman/1.08.06

Gamblers also have the highest suicide rate of any addicted group. A 19-year-old New Yorker lost $6,000 on the 1997 World Series, then killed himself and left a note citing his debt.
Poker Flops Teens Into Gambling /Addiction/www.thebostonchannel.com/family/4919839/detail.html /8.31.05

"It was a euphoric feeling. It was a need, a drug," (he started gambling at 15, just embezzled $500,000 to pay gambling debts).
It's always poker night on campus/USA TODAY/12.22.05

The hour-long look into the potential evils of gambling begins with the introduction of a 17-year-old Town of Amherst boy, Mark (his last name isn't revealed), who fed his habit by breaking into cars and now is trying to break his addiction. "They are doing the kind of things a drug addict would do to find cocaine to feed that particular habit," said Farrell of problem gamblers.
Al Roker's report on dangers of gambling features a visit to Amherst Town Court /www.buffalonews.com/12.07.05

A TEENAGE gambling addict who stole almost £800 from his mother's boss has been jailed.
Teen gambler jailed for theft from mum's boss/ http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=302650/11.17.05

Wexler said a parent recently explained how a student stole $2,500 to gamble with. Wexler knows the story all too well as he started gambling when he was 7 or 8-years old. By 14, he was gambling with a bookie and by 21, he was stealing to support his gambling addiction.
College students struggle with gambling addictions /10.05.05 www.statehornet.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/10/05/4344737243819?in_archive=

According to a study by the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 15.9 percent of in-state students between the sixth and 12th grades admit to gambling-related woes or signs of addiction. Four percent report they were already stealing money from relatives to gamble.
More teens are betting their lives www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/living/12571005.htm/9.06.05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Deputies say a 17-year-old in Fort Lauderdale murdered another teen over a $25 scratch-off lottery ticket.
Fort Lauderdale Teen Charged With Killing Teen Over Lottery Ticket
www.news4jax.com/news/4789961/detail.html/7.30.05

According to statistics from the National Council on Problematic Gambling, Inc., the involvement in gambling among adolescents in the United States now exceeds the expected onset for their use of cigarettes, hard liquor and marijuana. "Oftentimes a person's problem can lead them to bankruptcy," she said. "And that can make matters even worse because the person might resort to embezzlement, stealing, selling drugs or prostituting themselves in order to get their hands on some money."
Betting it all/www.idsnews.com/story.php?id=18557/9.30.03

A college student recently confessed that his gambling debt is equal to the amount of his student loans. A high school senior stole drugs from the pharmacy where he worked to support his betting habit. He held up fliers for Texas Hold 'Em poker tournaments from local college campuses as proof that gambling fever is spreading rapidly, and spoke of a teen-age boy who will not graduate high school as scheduled this spring because he was arrested for stealing drugs from his job to support his gambling habit.
Youth Betting Is On The Rise/www.theday.com/4.28.05

E was a ninth grader when the gambling addiction was born.
Before long, he had fallen into a spiral of borrowing money from friends, wheedling cash from his father and selling marijuana to keep his habit going.
Teenage Gambling Craze: More Sinister Than Benign?/New York Times/3.27.05

Jean Holthaus, a Topeka social worker, knows a young man who owed so much money from losing pool-hustling bets that he forged relatives' checks, dropped out of school and is in trouble with the law.
Kids and cards: No safe bet/www.kansascity.com/7.24.05

Gambling addiction is more likely than any other form of addiction to lead to suicide, says Sharon L. Mitchell, director of the counseling program at the University of Delaware, because the bottoming out is accompanied by such devastating financial loss. Gambling addicts are likely to steal money from family, roommates or friends.
Gambling addiction can ensnare teens/www.delawareonline.com/7.11.05

And in Wallingford, a 15-year-old became so addicted to poker that after he ran out of his own money, he took his parents' credit cards so he could play online, lost $5,000, then broke into a friend's house and stole $3,500.
As Adolescents Bet, More Are Having Gambling Problems/New YorkTimes/3.27.05

Almost every day, we get e-mails or hot-line calls. . . some from parents of children as young as 12. And the calls for help are coming from younger and younger people. Students even play poker during class and in high school lunch rooms. Last summer we got a call from the father of a 12-year-old who was sent to summer camp to play baseball and go swimming, but instead he was playing poker most of the day. It only became a problem to the camp director when one of the campers stole other kids' money and possessions. We got an e-mail from the mother of a 14-year-old who took his father's credit card to pay a $1,000 gambling debt.
Youth dealt a bad hand/By Arnie & Sheila Wexler/Asbury Park Press/6.24.05

Researchers at the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors at McGill University in Montreal identify increased criminal activity, strained family relationships and depression as consequences of gambling problems among youth. (An estimated 30 percent of pathological gamblers attempt suicide.)
Cyberspace gambling getting to be a dicey situation for young people/San Jose Mercury News/3.26.06

And the kid whose mother had to ban him from the house because he was stealing things, including her alimony checks, so that he could gamble.
He has seen what gambling does to kids/www.projo.com/news/bobkerr/projo_20050601_wedco01.24afa85.html/6.01.05