Dear Governor Abbott & Myra Walker.
How many times does my son have to attempt suicide? How many years will he continue to be mentally oppressed?
S U.I.C.I.D.E. before UTMB, TTU, TDCJ ➡ provider’s give him the CORRECT MEDICATION? Or are prison personnel just going to put him in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for the rest of his LIFE? Will his death be marked as COVID?
My son needs ABILIFY 10 to 15mg. They have him on HALOPERIDOL and have even INJECTED it into him. It is a HARMFUL medication “for someone with Bryce’s medical & mental history & WELL DOCUMENTED GENETIC DISORDER”. No wonder he keeps trying to kill himself, his mind & body are being damaged.
PROVIDER’S, you can have the entire university tell me Haldol is fine for MY BOY, you’d still be WRONG. & if you really don’t know, GOD HELP the people with my son’s NEUROPSYCHIATRIC Medical, & Mental HISTORY. He is passive, He just wants to die.
Before he is moved to another unit, a provider will put in his record’s that he is doing GREAT! That covers regulations… it gives GREEN LIGHT to transfer my son, at the new unit, the same “detrimental mental health treatment plan starts all over again”
PRISON CONTINUES TO QUIETLY DESTROY MY BELOVED SON.
RED FLAG: There’s a reason communication gets cut off.
-My son is being blocked from receiving all his mail and he is being blocked from writing to anyone, including me his MOM. This has been going on for almost most two years. -I am VERY CONCERNED FOR HIM. He has only been allowed a 5-minute call with someone over him counting the minutes. He calls every 30 to 90 days. He is going out of his way to be pulled out of cell, room with other adults. He is trying to get
I am the mother of Bryce Vandergrift 01661857 who is incarcerated at Montford Unit. I am glad he is there as I believe they have saved his life both physically & mentally several times in the past.
I dread e-mailing you as it means…
▶I am once again fearful for my son’s life. The more I think about the situation, the more I believe he is once again susceptible to taking his life and or being beaten into a vegetative state of existence, and or murdered by his cellmates or other◀
I attribute some of these problems to the tremendous stress from restrictions of covid placed on this unit, and I am told all prisons and alike places in Texas are DANGEROULY OVERCROWDED & UNDERSTAFFED. I get that many are apathetic towards human’s being put in cages, but Texas TDCJ, should not want to overburden their employees. There is plenty of funds. Whoever is doing the budget, is who should be replaced.
I’ve read that in Texas, staff can be expected to work 12 to 16 hour shifts with one 30-minute break.
I personally do not look at staff as robots, robot’s have no problem working under these conditions for months on end. Staff are human beings, just as the incarcerated are human beings.
What if an incarcerated is trying to tell them they believe their LIFE is in DANGER, but staff has increased duties, or fighting to stay awake! It lends to serious frightening images IN AN ADVOCATORS MIND, let alone any concerned parent like me.
I believe that inside the cell cage, or also outside it, my son is being threatened. I believe his property is being stolen. This includes his letters and stationery, stamps. I believe my son is intimidated and afraid for his safety and is looking for ways to be removed from the cell in order to get away from being seriously harmed. Does someone in the cell have life sentence? Would murdering someone like Bryce be a big deal?
My son Bryce just got out of SUICIDE WATCH “AGAIN” He lost his brother, my first born, 34 yr. old Brett Ryan Vandergrift, passed away in Dec 2020, from complications of diabetes.
Since back at Montford, my beloved son had more or less FINALLY started to sound better. It’s been a hard eleven years. Maybe Montford makes certain that people get their meds? Which is GREAT!
IMHO, some units do not have or take time to adequately monitor meds. Heck I don’t know, maybe cellies or others are also intimidating him for his medication. It happened everywhere else! Then the voices will return and my beautiful soul of a son will START TO BECOME CONVINCED that someone or more around him, are trying to extort and hurt his mom. “Psychotic Breakdowns” he has schizophrenia & deep depression disorder.
My son needs his medication. I think HALADOL is a dangerous drug to give a person with Bryce’s medical and mental health history. It goes way back to age three with EARLY INTERVENTION for SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN. They, UTMB, won’t give him ABILIFY 10 to 15 mg, my guess is because it cost more. Ms. Pritchard said she would… waiting…
Abilify is what he was prescribed for years before his arrest on 12-31-2009. My son and I are in the AUTISM SPECTRUM, imagine that. ABILIFY is one of the medications his father David Vandergrift took him off, & others did to. NO ADULTS WERE ARRESTED. WHY?
I will tell you that this constant concern for the safety of his life is wearing on me. It is giving me images, IMAGES OF HIM COMMITTING SUICIDE in the punishment cell.
Bryce would be thinking, “every time I try to get myself away from danger, conflicts and fights, I GET PUNISHED” and guess what, I understand this, you want to or must punish him. It’s regulation, though you know he is STILL being force to run in place from harm.
What I do not understand is ▶WHY IS HE BEING PUT BACK IN SAME SITUATION WHEN HE IS GIVING YOU ALL THE WARNING SIGNS THAT SOMETHINGS GOING BAD & HE’S TRYING TO ESCAPE BEING BEATEN or DIE!◀
I picture him dead in the punishment room. Maybe he just bangs his head against the wall to die.
Back in the cell, I picture the cellies or whom ever, holding his mouth and bashing in his skull or his chest in, hanging him and then passing out his property, going to sleep and when staff walks by they say… Oh, Vandergrift must have hung himself while we were sleeping. Oh, I guess that’s why he gave all his stuff to us before light’s out. PAINFUL IMAGE’S.
I DO NOT BELIEVE that the majority of incarcerated are violent, dangerous criminals that we must be kept safe from. I do think some are. But when YOU put too many mentally ill people in a cage… Only God knows what is happening to them, TRANSFORMING THEM into highly agitated beings just wanting to escape. Taking my son’s letters & property would help them. Help them to ESCAPE in their MIND’S. In their mentally ill mind’s.
Two of those letters are from two TEXAS PRISON MINISTER’S. Through these men, my son was FINALLY going to receive some attention from adult men of God. These letter exchanges would have led to him having a MENTOR.
I do a lot to keep my son OKAY. And I gladly do without for him. His father has ZERO interest in Bryce, though on the phone he will no doubt deliver a good performance.
These letters that I believe he finally got, will or have once again been taken from him. He hasn’t written ANYONE, and THAT is out of character.
Inside this cell, things must be pretty bad for this young male in prison to not even be able to respond to letters from TWO TEXAS MINISTER’S. God has these chosen people, in position for people like me and people like Bryce. And many others. That’s pretty darn sorry if y’all ask me. Who made up this PRISON PLAN?
▶PLEASE DO NOT LET ANYONE KILL MY SON. ▶PLEASE KEEP BRYCE FROM COMMITTING SUICIDE. Advocates know that there have been MURDERS, and people BEATEN INTO A VEGETATIVE STATE, & an EPIDEMIC OF SUICIDE than on MSM.
I do appreciate your time. I appreciate if your concern. I ask that you not focus on challenging my word’s… Instead, know that I LOVE MY SON and I’m asking you to not let him be harmed and or be placed with those that want to hurt him, or put him in the emergency room “AGAIN.”
You have to have some male’s that have their own property and are passive, NOT passive / aggressive when they do not get what they want. I know that there are MANY WHO HAVE BEEN ABANDONED they have nothing or no-one. They rightfully get angry, and or depressed. THEY ARE HUMAN’S.
I have talked to someone in TDCJ on the phone. I do not feel comfortable calling him back to tell him I’m getting images because I’m a mother first and of the ongoing situation still not resolved. Will the under-pressure unit place Bryce in danger? Of course, he will say he is okay. You know that. ONE CANNOT SNITCH!!!
Consider this… Texas does NOT need another death or a near death beat down, or suicide that OBVIOUSLY CAN BE AVOIDED.
TX Montford Unit I have believed is the best medical / mental health unit for my son and his illness.. and possibly the best of the worse that Texas has. ▶EVERY OTHER UNIT IN TX, “MY SON” has BEEN PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY HARM!◀ MontfordUnit has a lot going on. Give them MORE FUND’S and MORE HELP.
I keep trying to get thing’s in order so as to move or visit my son in Texas, stuff keeps happening that makes me have to STOP EVERYTHING I AM DOING… JUST SO MY BELOVED SON REMAINS SAFE & ALIVE. ➡ I continue to TRY to speak well of MONTFORD l UNIT, because I believe they can do better.
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Regards & God Bless us all.
Ms. Pelletier. Bryce’s M❤M. Hang in there S❤N, I’m still here, I’m still trying. ▶God is involved and moving you into a SURVIVABLE EXISTENCE◀ position… so, we can rest our weary selves for a little while longer.
🌟 THE REASON THE HONORABLE JUDGE FOUND 15 YR OLD CHILD GUILTY WITHOUT REASONABLE DOUBT… IS BECAUSE NO ONE PRESENTED HIS STRONG DEFENSE. 🌟
I know it’s WAY too long. I just had so much to say.
I’m NOT supposed to sound good! I’m a mother whose son continues to SUFFER because of INADEQUATE mental health care. I’m doing the best I can.
THAT’S MY SON!