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cops16n-1-webby 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/courage or by mail at Cleveland Courage Fund, c/o the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Ave. Suite 1300, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115.

– 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.

– for further info, please check out: http://www.newsnet5.com/  Orhttp://www.cleveland.com/



You Didn’t Think That Was A Little Strange? — 6 Comments

  1. Wow! And here I was thinking no one read my articles. 🙂

    There are many definitions of bullying but the common theme is aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful, (physical and psychological), and/or threatening. It doesn’t go away, it’s persistent and repeated. Kids are bullied for being different.

    Yes, the women have asked for privacy because reporters have been camped out near their homes and everyone is hoping to catch a glimpse of them. I’m not one of them.

    Karen, you’re right, we do want to know how the women are doing because we care.

    Diana, it’s a shame you have such a such a negative attitude towards Clevelanders. Yes, that moron Sowell did kill a lot of women. However, because of that, the police dept will be re-vamping their missing persons ‘dept’.

    We all seem to be so into what’s on our internet screens, that we forget about the people around us. Anyway, Thank you all for taking the time to read, and comment, on my article! 🙂 Have a GREAT day!

  2. Yes, I’m sure people did find things a little strange. But a lot of people who do strange things do not kidnap, rape, or hold hostage innocent girls. I had not heard about the domestic violence allegations.

  3. Karen, yes, people want to know how these women are, but this article doesn’t tell us that.
    I agree, Angelina Jolie has the money for the preventative measures she took. Wish it was available for all women at risk. But, with that said, she did what she felt was best for her and her family. I commend her bravery.

  4. the media is giving this a rest, however people want to know how these women are doing. myself Included. as far as the bullying goes, kids are bullied because other kids think they are strange and don’t want them to fit in, bullies grow up to be larger bullies, only far worse , aka castro. the sick basturd. as far as Angelina jolie goes, I think she jumped the gun . she has the financial means and money for the preventative procedure she underwent. this did not become public till her and brad decided to make it public, otherwise we wouldn’t have been the wiser.

  5. P.S. and Clevelanders are no better…what about the guy that kidnapped, raped, killed and buried all those woman? Oh yeah, they were black. Cleveland is no better than anywhere else.

  6. This is redundant and the survivors asked for privacy and for the media to die down. Give it a rest.

    Direct quote from this article: 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.

    Kids are NOT bullied for this reason. Kids are bullied because of bullies.Kids are NOT bullied because they are strange. Did you seriously say this?

    And what does this have to do with Angelina Jolie? She had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer.

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