Another Child Thrown to the wolves

28 Feb

Yesterday I was surprised to get a message from a friend of mine in the short time I was checking my facebook. The message was short and urgent, there was a group home runaway at my friends house. I lit a smoke and headed to my friends house dragging with me max, the dog that I am currently dog sitting for a few days. I arrived at my friends house to see a small malnourished child sitting quietly in the corner while my friend was on the phone with his mom. The child was being shipped from group home to group home due to some minor behaviours that were deemed problematic, nothing most of us didnt do when we were 14 almost 15. It was quite obvious the child was tramatized and he really reminded me of tiny tim from the charles dickens story.

The child left the group home, without a coat in severe cold temperature as a result of having physical force used against him by the staff of the group home; Pioneer Youth Services, known for its young inept under payed staff, as well as rumours of abuse. Since it was quite obvious that the kid was awol and have to return too the group home he prepared himself for this and wanted to go with a police escort since he was physically assaulted. Now as most people know I never call the police, or condone it except in extreme cases like state sanctioned child abuse so the police was called and he was given a lawyers number. After eating several bowls of cereal he crawled on the couch and fell asleep waiting for the police. The Police came and because I was there they acted golden. Despite this they still handcuffed the child and let him spend the night in jail, a place that they referred to as a safe place to spend the night and housing, and that kinda reminded me of the Gardia Immigration pigs in Ireland who took me to cloverhill and refered to it as accomidations, like seriously be fucken honest say we are taking you to jail say those words, acknowledge what the fuck you are doing, dont try to make yourself feel better by using some sort of uphamism. When they put the cuffs on the kid, my friend was really upset and rejected this, the irony being me a social activist am so desensitised to state violence that I dont automatically see anything wrong with putting cuffs on a child and it takes someone elses anger at the issue to make me realise yeah thats kinda really fucked up, someone is running away from abuse and then you put handcuffs on them to take them to so called housing which is really a fucken jail cell, stilll things went well and the police said he would be able to talk about laying charges against the group home staff that assaulted him. Thinking about this for most of last night and today I asked the lawyer if there were any messages , to which there was none I kept thinking about this kid and how many kids in group homes end up on the street forced to fend for themselves and fall into the round crowd just to survive being the play thing of pimps and preditors and other such thing and in my head its kinda really fucxked up, as children should be a nations key resourse and pride being guaranteed the best, not be some sort of commodity of social services where they are only seen within the perametors of quotas and funding worth less then a bloody hamburger.

Later today I hear that the kid was out of jail and that the group home called the lawyer but there was no answer, which is strange as I know for a fact that this lawyers office was open and no call came. He is once again at the mercy of his abusers who know that he told people that he was abused which means that he will have to endure more abuse.

This is what our society has come to, a child ripped from the arms of a loving mother forced to wonder around random doors without a coat seeking shelter and help from whomever he can because our system does not value the life of a child. When children are put in the position where they have to fend for themselves making them open to all sorts of abuses we know that something is broken. I cry not just for this kid but every other kid like him who ends up on the street because we are living in a society where child snatching has become a million dollar industry.


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