In the book “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer, Dave is remembering his childhood, and the point it turned into a living nightmare, one in which his once loving mother falls prey to her alcoholism. Dave had a joyful childhood for a while, a loving mother and father and brothers he could play with. It was when his mother’s addiction and his father’s cowardice began, that Dave’s life was irrevocably changed. Dave became the sole target of his mother’s abuse, he was put through extreme torture, physical, metal, and emotional. Even at his young age Dave realized he needed to fight to survive. Dave resorted to stealing food and mowing lawns to keep himself out of his mother path. Even when Dave was doing everything his mother asked of him, she would still find a reason to punish him. At first Dave’s father tried to help Dave, which in turn made Dave’s mother even angrier. After a while Dave’s father couldn't even be at home anymore, leaving Dave to suffer alone, not that he ...view middle of the document...
She would bully her own son to feel better about her life.
In lower elementary Dave used school as a coping mechanism to escape from his home life, at that time school was a safe place therefore Dave excelled. In upper elementary school Dave’s classmates began to bully him, at this point Dave had more or less given up on appearances and focused on surviving. The way that he dressed and smelled combined with the fact that he was caught stealing students' food made Dave even more of a target. Dave had no other recourse than to steal food, he didn't have any other clothes, and taking a bath was just another time that his mother would torture him. Dave wanted to be liked he carved that acceptance from his peers, his peers in turn wanted nothing to do with him. That cause some resentment in Dave but overall Dave just wanted people to understand that he wasn't a problem child, like his mother portrayed.
Although Dave’s mother was a complete monster at home, she still put up appearances for others and would often times portray Dave as problem child and made herself seem like a caring mother. When Dave was forced repeat the first grade, his mother was extremely upset as it reflected poorly on her. His mother felt as though by failing in school her disguise as a wonderful mother would dissolve and people would then consequently judge her.
As a teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure every Child safety if I believed a child was going through the abuse I would first have a talk with the student and gently inquire about his home life. I would then write daily reports and document any changes in the child. If I suspect that there is child abuse happening then I would contact the school principle.
Personally this book was a bit difficult to finish, as I went through some emotional turmoil while reading it. At times I felt as though I was Dave and I needed someone, anyone to save me. Other times I wished I was able to save Dave, that I had been there to keep him safe and show him love. I felt frustrated; just sitting there reading about what transpired instead of being out there and helping prevent his abuse from repeating itself in other children. Overall this book not only tells a story about the tragic childhood that Dave survives, but also implores readers to be active and speak up about child abuse.