In Ohio some high schools participate in a Court Live Program that brings a court proceeding like an arraignment into a local high school near you. In reality this is probably a wonderful learning experience for many teens to see in person how things work in the land of the law. Yet, recently at the Shadyside (yes that is the real name) High School an arrangement was held involving a man accused of molesting multiple children. Authorities have said that from the moment the accused arrives at the school until they are safely headed back to jail, security is tight, in order to protect students. Yet I wonder how secure this site might be from an enraged parent whose child was molested by this man.
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and rape I know that should anyone ever touch my children I would not have a problem in attempting to murder that individual. A friend of mine who has been a police officer for many years knows that law enforcement officer’s best find the pervert before this mom. I have told my friend I will call him to surrender should I be successful. He knows I am dead serious in my intentions.
I live with the effects of sexual abuse every day. I sleep with the lights on at night so I can see who is in the room or standing over me. That is when I sleep at all, as I am usually awake most of the night, finally falling asleep as daylight begins to break through the darkness. I can sleep well during the day. Although I have been awakened by my sweet daughter trying to hug me goodbye and I wake up in the midst of a blood curdling scream, when she happens to catch me asleep and having a night mare. I am very protective of my children.
I am not sure children need to see a modern day bogey man up close and personal. If a child is being abused this could set off a traumatic emotional response that might lead to the child to try and self-harm as they are overwhelmed by raw emotions. Perhaps there are children in the school, yet unidentified that have been molested by this man and have not come forward? What chain of events might this set off?
On the other hand I do believe we should bring back public town hall hangings. I would have no problem letting my children see a child sexual predator execution. Perhaps if we had better rights for our children, rather than our criminals we might not feel this way.