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    The scars you donít see

    http://www.chicagoparent.com/main.as...08&TM=3294.523

    The scars you donít see

    Susy Schultz
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    I pulled up to the stop light the other night. It was a crisp summer night. I rubbed the side of my head. My finger rested in a small dent and my mind went back to a night many years ago.

    I had pulled up to the same stop light and three boys, ages 10 or 11, called to me through the open windows. "Please, we need a ride. We donít know what to do. Our home is just a mile or two down the road."

    I was in Oak Park. Just a mile or two down the road was Chicagoís Austin neighborhoodónot a safe place to be at 11 p.m. on a Friday.

    But I looked at the boysóthey looked much like my son when he wanted something, with those beautiful, big pleading eyes. What were they doing out so late? Where were the people in their lives who cared?

    I invited them into the van, drove on and began chatting. "Tell me your names, boys. How old are you?"

    Slowly, I coaxed their stories out. I was excited to hear about the books they liked, the teachers they didnít. I barely noticed where the car was heading.

    "Boys, where are your folks? Where are we going?"

    My questions were ignored. Red flags went up. But I hoped I was wrong. We arrived at the second address they gave me and the boys got out.

    One boy stood near my door. He had a deep scar over his eye running down the side of his face and etched into his left temple. I stroked his close-cropped hair. "Boys, there has to be some adult somewhere where I can take you. We have to find someone who cares and I need to take you there. I have to go home to my boys."

    The boy with the scar closed his eyes and leaned into my strokes. At this point, three other boys appeared. Then I knew it was too late. Both the car doors were open and one of the boys leaned into the driverís side. I had already locked my purse into my seat beltósomething I do naturally when I get into the car. The boy tried to unlock the seat belt. I looked at him. "Donít do this boys. I know youíre good people."

    One of the boys looked at the third one in the car. "Donít do her," he said. "She was nice to us. Let her go."

    The little boy with the scar reached in and punched the side of my head. It wasnít a hard punch. He looked at me and he looked confused. But with the second punch he forgot sentimentóhe threw three more punches at my face. Another boy tried to grab the keys. "Get her car," another boy said. I had one thought: Iím going to die if I stay here.

    My glasses were gone. I couldnít see, but I stepped on the gas and pulled away. The six boys tried to jump in the car but fell to either side of the street. I was horrified-ónot about what could have happened to meóbut that one of the boys might have been hurt.

    Yet the worst part of the evening was to come. I dialed 911 and tried to tell the dispatcher what had happened, only sobs came.

    "Itís over now," she said. "Youíre safe. Getting hysterical doesnít help."

    "I think there is a child hurt and I donít know what to do. I donít even know where I was and I canít see," I said.

    As I told my story, her tone changed, "How could you let those boys into your car? What were you thinking?"

    I silently screamed, "I was thinking these are children, out late at night who needed an adult to help them."

    The dispatcher said she would send a squad car. I pulled over and found my contacts. The world became a little clearer. I saw a squad car and approached the officer, still sobbing. Surrounded by people, the officer never stopped his conversation. He looked over at me twice before finally saying, "Yeah?"

    "I just called 911 and ...." I said.

    But when I told him about the boys, the officer started yelling, "What were you thinking? Do you know where you are? Besides, what do you want me to do?"

    I looked at him. The tears stopped and outrage took overónot only did he not care about me, he cared less about the boys. "I taught my children if there is a problem, you go to the police. Am I wrong? Arenít I supposed to tell you if a crime was committed or a child is hurt?"

    The police officer got angrier. "Yeah. But what do you want me to do? Are you hurt?"

    "I got punched a few times. I just need ice but what if a little boy is hurt?" I said. "Shouldnít someone check?"

    The police officer shifted his weight. "These guys are not going to call the police and report they were injured while trying to steal your car. They are animals. They get what they deserve. They were trying to hurt you."

    "Thatís on their conscience," I said. "If one of them is hurt, thatís on mine."

    "Give me your number, if I hear something, Iíll call."

    I gave him my card, which identified me as a member of the news media and, surprise, the officerís tone changed. All of a sudden, I wasnít an idiot.

    "You wanted to help people and Iím not saying everybody who lives in this neighborhood is bad but you canít take that chance. You really meant well."

    It wasnít about me. I drove home. I never got a call. But I never got those boys out of my head, either.

    Whether it is those boys in my van or that beautiful, haunting girl staring out at you from the cover of Chicago Parent, can we, as people or as parents, afford to throw away our children?

    These are not just other peopleís kids. These are our children, our future. When I rub that spot on my temple, a permanent reminder of those boys, I remember what Jane Addams, a reformer and social advocate, once said:

    "The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live."
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    This chica is a fruit cake. She had it coming, and then she turns and tries to make the police look like the bad guy for her idiocy.
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    Sounds like it

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    Can someone please tell my why the public always blames us for their own ignorance or foolishness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro56
    This chica is a fruit cake. She had it coming, and then she turns and tries to make the police look like the bad guy for her idiocy.
    +1
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyRotten
    Can someone please tell my why the public always blames us for their own ignorance or foolishness?
    Because if it ain't on fire call the police they should sort it out.

    Nothing is ever anyones fault anymore if there is someone else to blame or sue.

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    The six boys tried to jump in the car but fell to either side of the street. I was horrified-—not about what could have happened to me—but that one of the boys might have been hurt.
    Talk about naive. Someone needs to get out of the house more. Or less.

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    You gotta love the fine media.
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    Hmmmm, a dent in her head would imply a skull fracture. Sounds like she is embellishing her story?

    She said it happened years ago? Our 911 cell phone calls still go through CHP, wonder how hers went directly to the appropriate agency?
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    If she cared that much, why didn't she give them her pocket book and her vehicle??? poor little darlins!!!!
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    This lady had it coming to her. I mean WTF was she thinking. Then blaming the officer for her dumbass actions. Come on lady get real. Unfortunately she didn't run all there asses over.

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    Meh - I say it never happened.
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    It went through Chicago's 911 center. All I can say is this, she must be a moron because she is still a liberal.
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    It looks like it was a story published in a Chicago newspaper and as all LEO know, those stories are ALWAYS correct.....not. I don't know how many times I would read about an incident that I had been involved in, reported on television or in the paper and I'd end up thinking "Did that reporter even read my report? Where did he/she get their information? Why are they distorting this story?" Made me realize that I needed to think that way about ALL of the stories I read in the paper and saw on the news. They have no business throwing stones at the police when they can't even get their facts straight. This doesn't apply to all reporters, so don't bombard me with a bunch of the "public's right to know" stuff. The public has a right to know the truth, as long as it doesn't jeopardize a case for the police and prosecutor.

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    I would say that story is true, I would of asked her what her dumbass was doing picking up 4 black youths at night as well. She is lucky she wasn't raped like the white girl that was thrown from the 7th story window a couple of months back. What does she want the police to do? Here is your report and another crime will go unsolved, a crime that would have never happened in the first place except your stupidity allowed it to.
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    I'm a little suprised she didnt go as far as implicating the police for the position the boys were in. I can see it now..."As I stood there, with a newly formed sideways knot growing out of my head, looking like a screwed up unicorn, I realized that it was most likely this police officer (or one just like him) that ripped this poor, innocent, child from his parents, who had just been framed for a crime."
    Christ, who in the hell changes, for the better, when a member of the press arrives? I know I would only get worse if someone handed me a card that IDed them as a press member.
    What a load of supersilious shit
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    Quote Originally Posted by copiceman15601
    I'm a little suprised she didnt go as far as implicating the police for the position the boys were in. I can see it now..."As I stood there, with a newly formed sideways knot growing out of my head, looking like a screwed up unicorn, I realized that it was most likely this police officer (or one just like him) that ripped this poor, innocent, child from his parents, who had just been framed for a crime."
    Christ, who in the hell changes, for the better, when a member of the press arrives? I know I would only get worse if someone handed me a card that IDed them as a press member.
    What a load of supersilious shit
    She couldn't - it "happened" years ago.

    And since it "happened" years ago, she won't be able to support her story with a copy of the 911 tape, or a copy of the incident report. Since it doesn't mention if she sought medical attention for her skull fracture, she probably can't produce a copy of her medical report either.

    I remain dubious. I think she's like the journalist that claimed she was pals with the 6 year old heroin junky.
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    I can't believe someone in this day and age is that damn ignorant!! The city I live in is fairly small, (28,000) , but when I'm out no matter what time it is, I trust no one but the cops.

 

 

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