I first found out about the Gravelle case by reading about it in the Dotham Eagle, which is in Dotham, Ala., under the section of ridiculous news. I called family up here to find out about the story, but all they knew was what the media was reporting.
What comes to mind is children locked in cages like animals and the Gravelles sitting back and eating bon bons and rejoicing over all the money they're going to make. I come to find out this isn't the case, at all. the Gravelles are actually taking care of handicapped children, which no one else wanted, and the welfare system kept sending them more, because no one else wanted to deal with them. Some measures the Gravelles took may have seemed extreme, but a person sometimes has to do this to get through to a child. If it works, problem solved, if not, try something else.
In my opinion, the Gravelles should be applauded. They had to have tremendous amount of patience and love for the children. In the meantime, I have to wonder how many of these 11 children went to homes of the ones who were saying how sorry the Gravelles were. These children are the ones who pay the price, because they will end up being passed around again and again. We just won't hear about their future. Politicians and child experts will pat themselves on the back and say their only interest is protecting the children. When I count, 14 people's lives have been destroyed now. Will the media and legal system report on what has happened to these people in five years? These 14 people are the ones that pay. The whole case revolves around money and politics.
New Brockton, Ala.