by Linda Wolf,WWH/CJE – It’s been over a week since the heroic rescue of the captive women who were freed by the heros – Amanda Berry and Charles Ramsey. Thanks to their heroics, Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry with her six year old daughter, Jocelyn, escaped from a nightmare. Some of in Cleveland are still shaking their heads. How come no one knew? Piercing the story together, we’re learning the signs were all there. Didn’t anyone think something was a little different? Strange?
Kids and young adults are being bullied daily because others judge them as different. They don’t ‘fit in’. The reasons range from ‘she wore ugly shirts’ to ‘he had pimples’ or she was ‘a bus monitor’. It doesn’t matter, as they were judged to be strange; a freak.
Ariel Castro had a pad lock on every door in the house. I don’t’ know anyone with a padlock on every door. Didn’t anyone think that was different? No one questioned it.
Years ago, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, one of Castro’s brothers stopped by to pick Ariel up for a night out with the guys. Ariel’s then common law wife (now deceased) asked where they’d be going. His answer was to bang her head against a wall and several times against the washing machine. Didn’t the brother think this was a weird? What kind of person is so blase’ about domestic violence?
It’s all over CNN and other news that Castro met people outside of his house before they could get up in the driveway. Once inside, no friend or visitor was allowed to go beyond the kitchen, the only room they were allowed in.
What if you had to use the bathroom? My friends have invited me to their homes. I’m allowed to leave their kitchen and use their facilities. I can understand being embarrassed about a messy house, but not being allowed past a certain point. Didn’t anyone find that odd?
Who does that?
By now we all know that Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy. The media is asking for opinions on whether or not that was ‘overkill’ (pun intended) Last I checked, the opinions numbered in the hundreds. Seems like everyone and their brother chimed in on the internet with their opinion on her life; her choice.
Still, no one talked to each other about the paranoid dude who always entered his house through the back door? The one whose windows, yard and door were blocked from anyone who tried to peer in? It wasn’t some kind of drug deal. This wasn’t a one time thing. It was an every day occurrence. Am I the only one who thinks that strange?
CNN reports the Castro brother proclaim their brother should rot in hell. Other news sources broadcast a shifting kaleidoscope of every one’s view point. Ariel’s defense lawyers are proclaiming the media has been calling him a monster. For the record, Ariel’s own children are calling him a monster.
Doesn’t being steered away from a house, met in the driveway, not being allowed to leave a certain room all from the same person strike you as a little odd? Really? We talk about everything and everyone else. So, why not chat with your neighbors about the nutcase that lives next door or down the street?
Kids are bullied because they don’t fit in or are strange. Yet, no one talked about their peculiar neighbor. I’m still shaking my head because we Clevelanders are better than that.
Fund raising efforts in Cleveland for the survivors: (a partial list as more are added daily)
– Key Bank has set up a fund for the women, it’s the Cleveland Courage Fund.Donations to the Courage Fund can be made online at clevelandfoundation.org/
– The Family Ministry Center on Fulton Rd. is collecting gifts, cards and personal notes until June 22.
– On Thursday, (May 16) all sales at Angelo’s Pizza on Madison Avenue in Lakewood will go to the women.
– The Cleveland Corned Beef Company is donating 100 percent of its sales on Saturday to the Cleveland Courage Fund. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the restaurant is located at 5164 Pearl Rd. In Cleveland.