Sunday, May 30, 2021

Monrius Rendon - 2020

15-year-old Monrius Rendon died while trying to swin during an outing organized by the Cape Cod Adolescent Treatment Center where he was forced to live after the state decided that he could not not stay with his mother as they believed she was not doing a good job. It is clear that the state did not do a good job either because he is dead!

Maybe the policies are wrong. Maybe more should be done to support and enabled children to remain at home while the entire family is wrapped by support of counselors and advisors. Because do you put a lot of teenagers together with just the cheapest man-power to guard them, the teenagers jump to ideas popping up in the moment like going for a swin without considering the dangers of doing so. That is not a criticism targeted against the minors who happened to be there or the understaffed employeed who were assigned to the teenagers at the moment. It is a criticism to the system represented by the Arkansas Department of Human Services which in my mind now has blood on their hands.

Monrius Rendon was never given the chance to show his potential in life and his family misses him.

May he find peace where he is now


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Cornelius Frederick - 2020

16-year-old Cornelius Frederick ended up at Lakeside Academy after his mother died in her sleep at age 32.

No other family members were able to take care of him. Instead of an upbringing in a caring family, he now had a future living in an institutionalized setting. Or rather no future because a conflict with the employees ended up with him being restrained. The incident which took more than 18 minutes can be seen in a video which is floating around the internet. You will not find the video on this blog because it is only a blog about remembering Cornelius Frederick as a person. A person who might had potential to do a lot of things with his life but so tragicly was robbed of us over such a little ting as a bowl of food.

Regardless of the outcome of the investigation which was launced after the death, it cannot bring him back.

His life was lost. 16 years was all he was granted on this earth.

May he rest in peace.


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