'A Child Called It' An Independent Reading Project

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S: David Pelzer 'A Child Called It' by Alanna Paretti

FC: David Pelzer's A Child Called It Childhood Memories By Alanna Paretti

1: Dale City Elementary School | Looking back 1960-1973

2: David Pelzer was born on December 29 in the year of 1960. David lived an ordinary, happy, loving, life until the start of the first grade. David attended school but was not the brightest kid. After failing the first grade, Davids mother beat him, banned him from television, and excluded him from eating dinner. David was forced to stand in the garage till bedtime. David's abuse became ordinary after time. David was prohibited from a family vacation and was dropped off to stay with his aunt. David could not handle his abuse anymore and decided to try and run away. David was caught and had t0 suffer the consequences of keeping a bar of soap in his mouth until he was asked to talk. Shortly after, Davids mother began to make rules that he must follow. David was caught playing on the grass at recess and this was against her wishes. When David returned back home, his mother forced him to strip and lie on the stove top. He was burned badly.

3: Broken Arm | David Pelzer | You all did a good job You will always hold a special place in our hearts! Enjoy your summer and good luck next year! Warmest Wishes, Your Teacher

4: Parents began to fight and my mother took it out on me. | Parents Fighting

5: Bloody Nose | David began to get daily beatings and could only receive everyday needs if he had done his chores and followed her rules. Davids father was against the way his mother treated him. After lots of arguing, Davids father left his family. David was then severely beaten and blamed for the whole thing. David's mother went to the extent of trying to make him eat his baby brother's feces. After fighting back against his mother, he was hit in the nose and it began to bleed. His mother made up a story to hide it from his father.

6: Kailey James | Josh Hammon

7: David was forced to run to school everyday if he finished his chores first. David thought of school as his escape. Many teachers had asked David about the bruises and other signs left behind from his abuse but he was forced to make up stories. School was also the only time David would eat. He would sneak food during lunch and hope his mother would not find out. Davids mother shortly found out and would make David throw up his food and eat it if he was "THAT" hungry. | David would ask his neighbors for food and after a while his neighbors began to worry. One of his neighbors called his mother out of concern and she was very upset. She starting feeding him spoon fills of ammonia/clorox. After a night of heavy drinking, Davids mother grew angry and stabbed David in the stomach. She banaged him up and he was ordered to finish his chores. His mother continued to starve him, make him sleep in the garage, and abuse him ordinarily.

8: David started to excel in school. His teacher sent him a letter home to tell his parents about his success. His mother received it and automatically threw it away. She said "You cannot impress me. You're a nobody. You're an IT"

10: David's life changed on March 5, 1973. | David refers to this day as "The Rescue" On this day David's principal, teachers, and school nurse got him removed from his abusive home.

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  • Title: 'A Child Called It' An Independent Reading Project
  • David Pelzer is one of the millions of children that were physically abused each year. His book 'A Child Called It' brought attention to this subject. This is an Independent Reading Project I did for my 9th Grade English Class telling his story.
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  • Published: almost 3 years ago