From Classroom Slaughter To Cages: Donald Trumps War Against Children

By Ikenga Chronicles June 19, 2018

From Classroom Slaughter To Cages: Donald Trumps War Against Children

— Vitus Ozoke

My first job in the United States was with the Florida State Department of Children and Families (DCF). For three years I was a Child Protective Investigator for DCF. In that role, I investigated reports of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. I had the power to remove, and thus separate, children from their parents and families in deserving cases.

But even in those deserving cases of egregious abuse and neglect, removing children from their parents was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever had to do. There was no single case of removal that I did not break down and quietly cry. And I removed quite a few children in three years.

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Frankly, the worst act of cruelty you could inflict on a child was to yank it away from its parents, especially the mother. It was crushing! It was all the more so when I had to break up a sibling set because I couldn’t find one foster home that was willing to accept them all. In those moments it felt like I was a monster from the very pit of hell. And those were situations where the children were victims of parental or custodial abuse and neglect.

Yet, you find Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions gleefully celebrate their cowardly inhumane separation of children from their parents, children who are victims of neither abuse nor neglect by their parents. In fact, children whose parents have toiled through the perils of treacherous deserts and risks of dangerous border crossings in their desperate escape from zones of violence, and in search for safety and better life for them.

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The job of a Child Protective Investigator was traumatizing. Even when I thought I was doing the right thing by the children, it still hurt so deeply. Left to me, no child should ever be removed from their mother unless in very egregious cases. They don’t stop crying. And it is the kind of cry that bubbles up from the inner walls of the guts.

When I left DCF, the one thing I did not miss was having to forcibly separate children from their parents. It was a relief. But I’m back to it. And it hurts. Watching the images of innocent 4-year old children yanked away from their mothers and caged like dogs in Donald Trump’s concentration camps is heart-wrenching. I’m reliving the DCF trauma all over again.

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When he is not in cahoots with the National Rifle Association, making guns readily available to terrorists who slaughter children in their classrooms, Donald Trump is busy yanking children from their parents and locking them up in cages. How much more evidence do we need to conclude that reincarnation is real, and that Adolf Hitler has returned?

May the God of innocence protect these children from this merciless onslaught.

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