September 9, 2007 8:41pm CST
Mockingbird Dont Sing is a movie I just watched (and started a post about) isnt the first movie I've seen nor is it the first time I've heard of the topic of Feral Children....For those of you who dont know what a Feral Child is here is a description (source:feralchildren.com) "Feral children, also known as wild children or wolf children, are children who've grown up with minimal human contact, or even none at all. They may have been raised by animals (often wolves) or somehow survived on their own. In some cases, children are confined and denied normal social interaction with other people." Its a VERY disturbing, tragic FACT in society worldwide that this goes on...Whats REALLY disturbing and upsetting is though Genie Wiley is considered the "modern day wild child" there are cases even MORE recent than that (the Genie case was in the 70s)..for example this one is disturbing and as recent as 2005 http://www.feralchildren.com/en/showchild.php?ch=sullivan How much do you know about or have you even ever heard of "Feral Children"? do you think punishments are harsh enough? How do you think a spouse who is not necessarily a willing participant be dealt with?
• United States
28 Mar 08
I have heard of feral children before, but thought that term only applied to those who were actually raised in the wild by animals. I also thought there were no recent cases, although the link you've posted has proven me wrong. I can't believe some of the stories on that website, they are absolutely horrifying and made me sick to my stomach. My heart goes out to those poor children and the neglect and abuse that they've suffered at the hands of those that are supposed to care for them. The website doesn't really say what punishments were meted out to the caregivers, but in the "Genie" case it looks like her mother got no punishment at all. So in general, I would say that most punishments are not harsh enough at all. I think a spouse who is not necessarily a willing participant in the care of a child should be punished as well. I mean, if you are with a friend and your friend robs a convenience store, you're punished and considered an "accomplice" just by virtue of being there. The same should be considered in cases of child abuse. It takes TWO people to bring a child into this world, and even though you may not want to be involved, it should still be your responsibility to make sure that the child is being cared for properly.
• United States
25 Mar 08
That is terrible. How can anyone treat a child like that? A spouse who is not a willing participant is a parent who will do something to keep the child out of the situation. I think when a parent does something abusive to their child or children they should suffer the same as their child or children. And then locked away for the rest of their lives. It saddens me to know there are children out there having to live like that.