*I hardly ever give a trigger warning but this time I will. This entry is disturbing and it will stay with you. On trigger warnings – had this been my own story, something that happened to me years ago, I wouldn’t have put up a trigger warning. This is some other child’s story, an 8 year old boy in the middle of this battle. It makes the pain much deeper so I put up the warning. If you happen to see a trigger warning on this site, trust it, they don’t come up often.*
I waited for my friend to call me back for two days, when she did I was informed that her son is having some problems and he may not be able to live with her and her boyfriend anymore. Knowing this young mother ‘Nancy’, I figured she was overreacting, come to find out she took her 8 year old boy to an expensive store where he walked off with a toy. Nancy said she was angry with him but she waited to get home (around 2am) to whip him. She told me she whipped him once but told him she needed a break, don’t move, I’ll be back. She came back later and whipped him again. She told him the same thing, I need a break, don’t move. Nancy came back a third time to whip the boy but realized she was still angry so she put the young boy in his underwear on the porch in the freezing rain.
When neighbors saw this child in his underwear on the porch at what was by then 3am, they called the police. The police showed up and who knows what happened then. Nancy told me this story with complete calm as if I would agree that her 8 year old son should be whipped 3 times then sat outside nearly naked.
Nancy told me she’s learning that she doesn’t need to hit him 12 times with her fist, three times with rings on her fingers is enough. After she paused I calmly informed her that our friendship is over and that I’m happy someone called the police on her because I firmly believe her to be a child abuser. This is the lady that was to do my hair last week end but that will never, ever happen, not with her.
The other bit of info on him is that he has Tourette’s syndrome, within high functioning Autism (AS). Nancy says he’s not allowed to tic; she won’t have a disabled child in her home, she says. The boy is not allowed to tic.
I am totally …… I don’t know. I just don’t know. I’m just happy the police are involved now.
He’s Just A Little Boy – Monday, January 03, 2011- 3:58am EST