For two years, this boy bravely came to school, despite the endless torment that he was facing at home. Eventually, he was discovered close to death next to a railway track, weighing as much as a child half his age. And now his teachers are facing jail. Were they guilty of allowing this horrible tragedy to unfold?
Child abuse is one of the very worst horrors to afflict the industrialized world. In the United States today, in fact, more than 6.6 million children are investigated by protection services every year. And each year on average some 1,500 children lose their lives as a direct result of abuse.
According to statistics, the vast majority of this abuse takes place in the home, with a staggering 80 percent of these deaths being caused by a parent. Because of this, many suffering children rely on other adults to notice their plight. Sometimes, however, that is not as easy as it sounds.