This is a really sad tragic event I am flabbergasted it has happened. But I guess for those willing there is a way, we cannot protest every bridge in the country in the hope of preventing things like this from happening. The desperate will just choose another venue. What does make me mad is the way the media has chosen to cover this case because by all reports Jason Lees was “A wonderful Dad, Teacher and Friend…etc.”
We had tiny Darcey Freeman tossed over the Westgate bridge on 29th January 2009 her rotten father Arthur Freeman is serving 32 years for her murder, and the media treat it all different, telling us about the madman he was. he had his custody time reduced from memory but we must never ever forget the fact these men make a decision to become murderers out of not accepting their situation. Hundreds of men have committed suicide over the family court and its inadequate attention to fathers and the results are there for all to see. But at least those children are still with us today. THIS IS A CRIME OF PURE MURDER OF INNOCENT CHILDREN WHO ASKED OF NOTHING except love and affection from their parents
Lees committed the worst crime against his own son that one could ever imagine, witnesses have described the horrific screams as the poor little fella Brad was tossed over the bridge like a rotten sack of potato’s, Followed by his father. Now this bloke was much more intent than carrying out his mission than the father in Melbourne who tossed his little girl over the Westgate Bridge like a rag doll. Jason lees drove to a certain point, then got out his bike and strapped his son in for the short journey up the bridge. How the friggin hell can someone who professes to love their child so much take him on a death ride and not be a selfish weak, gutless human?
Take a jump over the bloody bridge with Johnnie Walker, but not your own flesh and blood. Dads please seek help, not revenge, a list of helplines are listed below.
As tributes poured in for respected teacher Jason Lees and his son Brad, word comes that Mr Lees was struggling after problems between him and wife Danielle.
While Mr Lees’ devastated family has been reluctant to talk about his troubled final weeks, a neighbour recounted a heart-wrenching day when the little boy hugged his dad as he sat crying on the back steps of the family home.
The bridge incident, which occurred in the early hours of Monday morning, is being treated by police as a murder-suicide.
Marlene Stephens, who lives next door to the Lees’ home, said she remembered seeing Mr Lees “crying on the back stairs” last year.
“I remember the little boy came down and wrapped his arms around him – I’m always going to remember that image,” she said.
“Life’s cruel. Only he knows why he did it. He was a lovely guy, a nice guy – you could tell.”
Ms Stephens said she heard doors opening and shutting at the home about 2.30am but didn’t think anything of it.
She remembered always giving little Brad a wave.
“It was always so lovely to hear them laugh. He was a beautiful kid,” she said.
Wife Danielle, a psychologist from the Gold Coast and her family declined to comment.
The couple met after Mr Lees moved from Canada about 15 years ago.
Jason Lees’ brother Bill told the Ottawa Sun newspaper the family had visited Canada in July 2010 when he met his nephew for the first time.
Jason Lees was a successful international rugby sevens referee and took a leave of absence in 2010 to return to Canada to officiate the game there and spend more time with his family.
“That was the last time I saw them,” Bill told the newspaper.
One rugby friend said: “He loved his little son – he was the apple of his eye.”
Former students of the prestigious The Southport School on the Gold Coast, where Mr Lees taught before transferring to Brisbane’s Anglican Church Grammar, said they could not believe the man who had nurtured them during their school days could do such a thing.
“Everyone’s just in shock,” said former TSS drama captain Mitch Lambert, who was taught by Mr Lees in Year 6.
“He just seemed like such a positive guy. We all loved him.”
Mr Lees will likely be farewelled in a funeral service at Churchie, where he is remembered as an “outstanding” and loved teacher.
Principal Jonathan Hensman yesterday said there had been no indication Mr Lees had been struggling with personal issues before his death.
Yesterday, floral tributes were left in the park where Mr Lees jumped from the Story Bridge holding Brad in his arms.
A bunch of white lilies were left under a tree with a card labelled “In loving memory of a loving teacher”.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline (for young people aged 5 to 25 years): 1800 551 800 Mensline Australia: 1300 789 978 SANE Helpline – mental illness, support and referral: 1800 18 SANE (7263) Reach Out: www.reachout.com
- Witness tells of screams as dad, toddler fall from bridge to death – Herald Sun (heraldsun.com.au)
- Dad ‘throws boy, 2, off bridge’ (thesun.co.uk)
- Dad ‘throws boy, 2, off bridge’ (thesun.co.uk)
- Admired school teacher and son die in fall from bridge (smh.com.au)
- Bridge death dad was teacher (news.ninemsn.com.au)