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We who have been entrusted with the education and care of children are obligated to go above and beyond when it comes to looking out for their welfare Educators and administrators have no recourse but to look beyond the surface investigate if necessary and protect the children to whom we have made ourselves responsibleDave Pelzer who is currently an advocate for abused children has written a compelling three book series detailing his own life as an abused child and the aftereffects of his abuse His case was the third worst case of child abuse on record in the state of California Pelzer 1995 168 Pelzers mother was an alcoholic who was both physically and emotionally abusive to him What made this a terrible situation more unique was that the mother did not abuse her other four children Only Dave was the target of her hatred Pelzers father also an alcoholic who ignored his wifes abusive tendencies even though he secretly indicated to his son that he did not condone it compounded the abusive behavior The fathers silence served to validate the mothers actions Pelzers teachers and administrators also maintained silence thus compounding his feeling of isolation These events occurred during the 1960s and early 1970s so the behavior of both Pelzers father and his educators was not unusual Physical discipline was more accepted during that time than it is nowPelzer was rescued from his mothers cruelty in 1973 by a school nurse and counselor after dealing with her extreme abuse for almost ten years His teachers and administrators had for years seen him attend school in rags unwashed often with bruises and abrasions but as stated earlier these were different times When the school nurse determined she could no longer stand by and accept this abusive behavior she saw to it that county services was contacted Pelzer goes on to relate how his emotional damage contributed to his moving often between foster homes He never
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