Monday, September 12, 2005
Sick, sick, sick people -- I hate hearing of child abuse
There is no excuse for this.
Sheriff's deputies found 11 children locked in cages rigged with alarms in a north Ohio home.
The children, ages 1 to 14, were in cages in the walls of the home in Clarksfield Township, 50 miles west of Cleveland. They had no blankets or pillows.
The kicker? All 11 kids were adopted.
Sharon and Mike Gravelle are adoptive or foster parents for all 11 children, officials said. The Gravelles don't have a listed phone number.
These kids were placed in this home by the government (I would guess -- it is possible they adopted from private orphanages, but I rather doubt it). The government supposedly did home studies and child welfare investigations prior to placing the kids in these . . . individuals' . . . custody.
And yet, despite all the background checks, and supposed protections for the children, we have eleven kids who were apparently treated like animals at a kennel.
Reminds me of an old, sad, but true joke:
Q: What are the nine scariest words in the world?
A: I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.