A grieving mum said she felt “violated” after discovering a video had been made of her son’s hair being cut for his funeral.
Cameron Chadwick, 15, died last month after coming off the motorbike he was riding on Helvellyn Road in Norley.
It’s senseless what they have done. What I struggle with the most is for what purpose? For me, it has violated Cameron’s privacy and our privacyCameron’s mum, Stacey
His mum Stacey asked the manager of Mo’s Barbers, in Pemberton, if someone would be willing to cut Cameron’s hair before the funeral.
Cameron liked to have his hair cut there and would not go anywhere else.
She said: “I wanted to do everything right by Cameron and have it how he would have wanted it.”
Stacey met the two men when they arrived at The Co-operative Funeralcare, in Pemberton, for the haircut.
One man cut Cameron’s hair while the other was at the back of the room.
Stacey said she felt uncomfortable with the men, but wanted Cameron to have his hair cut and stayed with him all the time.
She said the barber asked if he could take a photograph of Cameron and she replied, “absolutely not”.
But 10 days later - the day after Cameron’s funeral - she heard the man had told someone in the shop that he had cut his hair and offered to show a video of her son.
Stacey, who lives in Norley, had been with Cameron and did not know the video had been made.
She immediately called the police, who she said acted quickly and phones have been seized.
She said: “It’s senseless what they have done. What I struggle with the most is for what purpose? For me, it has violated Cameron’s privacy and our privacy. It’s taken that sacred time between me and Cameron. I feel very violated by what they have done.”
The Post was made aware of the incident soon after it happened, but chose not to report it on his family’s wishes.
However, after it was reported by national newspapers yesterday, Stacey contacted the Post to talk exclusively about what had happened.
Contrary to reports elsewhere, the video of Cameron was not thought to have been shared online.
Stacey said she did not want to attack Mo’s Barbers, but was instead considering meeting the owner in future to discuss what happened.
She said: “I think I’m going to meet the owner to explain how it’s made me feel as a mother.
“I hope lessons can be learned. The reason I want to speak to the manager is about learning lessons.
“There should be policies in hairdressers, maybe where if something is requested like this it could probably be done by a manager or overseen by a manager, and there’s a clear policy of confidentiality.”
The Post attempted to contact Mo’s Barbers yesterday but had no response.
But a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, said: “As a manager and on behalf of all staff in Mo’s Barbers I apologise to Cameron’s family about the incident witch took place during last week.”
It said the “ex-friend” who made the video had been banned from the shop.