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  • Ron Tizzard
    May 06, 2012 - 18:45

    Thank you Russell. A busy weekend; I'd like to finish up a few further comments on your 'Elusive Justice' piece from last week. First of all, Tortured From the Thought (a contributor) ...my promise...to suggest to some researcher that the time is present, perhaps, to do some research Re; how some Mount Cashel youths (adults today) are doing some 22 years after their discharge from Mt. Csahel. I have persued that, and awaiting a reply. It might be a while, but I'll let your know via the Telegram. I had promised to offer a final thought on this piece, I'm tardy, but I just wanted to mention that Mount Cashel was a major failure, and scandal in the final analysis. Russell Wangersky pretty much layed out the negative core-value of what had taken place in Mount Csahel, and didn't hold-back on his sense that the boys (men today) were still not well served by the Public Social Services upon the closure of the Orphenage. I would like to add this final note, and reminder concerning this entire matter before closing...that the injustice of which Mr. Wangersky speaks essentially was that of 'going forward' upon discharge. I would like to make the point, perhaps remind, that the recovery for these boys has multible layers associated with it. The catastrophy of abuse within the walls of Mount Cashel through time, as it has became known and documented, was the middle layer of desperation for those children; the primary, foundational layer was the actual living conditions within the homes of these children, their own home, living conditions i.e squalor and/or abuse mandating the mercy necessary to remove e these children from the dim potential for any normal development opportunities. The second negative personal, immoral, phschological and/or physical impact for so many of these children, as well, was the actual physical and sexual abuse received from (not all) but many of their malicious caretakers. I say all of this, to place somehow the injustice Russell Wangersky so rightly acknowledges in his Column i.e. the seeming 'most severly' missing link of essential care and attention for the material and psychological needs of all of the childern and youth while institutionalized and latterly released; and as Mr. Wangersky so astutely asserts most recently is still missing for these now...adults. The entire episode through so many years paints a picture of inhumanity still gone unrecognized, and/or under-resourced to offer succor in today's communities with its abilities to understand and address the material and psychological needs of those traumatized from whatever Pblic Service source through the years . It's never too late to give the Billy Earle(s) out there a call, or return their calls, and ask him/them to visit you. Please do. The position the many Billy Earl(s) find themselves in today was not a decision forged on their own behalves. It was an inheritance from a most serious PUBLIC aberration in duty to care. The entire affair still cries out for human respect and justice for a great many of these ADULT CHILDREN, in the clinical sense, therefore in a very real sense.

  • TORTURED FROM THE THOUGHT OF THE ABUSE INFLICTED ON THE CHILDREN OF MOUNT CASHEL
    May 03, 2012 - 10:20

    Ron Tizzard Thanks! I hope some Professor from Memorial University reads this article and brings forward your suggestion to his/her students and recommends that the subject would be a good research piece. And Thanks Mr. Wangersky for bringing this subject forward again, it needs to be talked about until the torture that happened to the children of Mount Cashel is eradicated from the face of the Earth. I remember some of the boys at Mount Cashel had younger brothers and I will never forget hearing them tell the story of how they tried to protect their baby brothers from the abuse they were receiving by telling their protectors, who it seemed were also abusers for not doing anything about the situation. During the time of hearing the horrendous details that came out from the Inquiry, I wondered if the children would ever be able to overcome the severe abuse they received or would their lives be further impacted from their tortured souls and get themselves in trouble with the law. It appears that many of them were so tortured that they were unable to overcome what they had gone through. It seems to be a closed case for Church though, and yet, still abuse cases are uncovered all over the World to this very day, the Church does not speak of it. It appears to me that the Church has no soul.

  • Tortured from the thought of the abuse inflicted on the children of Mount Cashel
    May 02, 2012 - 16:53

    I am wondering how much of the crime in the general community today can be attributed to the sexual and physical abuse inflicted upon the tortured motherless/fatherless boys of Mount Cashel, abuse inflicted upon them by those they were supposed to trust? The Mount Cashel story seems to have no ending and I think the problems involved from that torturous and scandalous period in time will reverberate for another century or more.

    • Ron Tizzard
      May 03, 2012 - 08:15

      Tortured from the thought...you ask an interesting question; which, perhaps, would be a wonderful research piece for some Masters student...in Social Work, Psychology or Sociology. My bet is that the "Mount Cashel event', among others, has sewn a seed of hope around the world. Personally, in our communities, and uncountable others in the 'civilized' pieces left on earth, I think, without stats to show (another research piece?), we will see serious reductions in these largess, institutional styles of abuse, simply because of the prevalence of 'news reporting' today, and ease of 'citizen whistle-blowing' posing little to no danger associated with 'MAKING THAT CALL', and societies' maturation and heightened civility around the FACT that these heinous crimes are inhumane, and indefensible any longer. Your mind-set has already watered that seed of hope for heightened civility ...and on it goes, and goes......

  • Ron Tizzard
    May 02, 2012 - 10:07

    ‘Elusive Justice’, an editorial by Russell Wangersky (the Telegram, May 1, 2012) updates the continuing saga of a Mount Cashel ‘boy’ (William ‘Billy’ Earl), still struggling to pull pieces of his life together, following the close of the orphanage in 1990. The theme of the piece is that the system (Government) is failing him, by not living up to promises made and responsibilites asssumed, to help him (and other boys). Mr. Wangersky presents Mr. Earl’s struggles with government and recovery services through time as having, figuratively, elements reminescent of the a the Gordian Knot. Life at Mount Cashel for many boys, as we now know, had produced many psychological scars which haunt the psyches of numbers (unknown really) of former residents to this day, some moreso than others; causing emotional disconnects, unresolved maturation and development problems. Mr. Earl struggles to this day, attempting to keep his ‘psychic-demons’ at-bay. These continuing inner-psychic energy-drains take an emotional (and rational) toll on many aspects of normal personal ‘rounded’ development. And, this is where Mr. Wangersky’s ‘Elusive Justice’ column pick’s up the pieces. Mr. Earl, in the public’s haste to correct an ‘absolute injustice’ was thrown into a recovery system 22 years ago which was short on insight, answers and solutions to the needs of these young boys, about to be thrown to the winds. To be fair, back then, the problem was not one resolved by a simple vaccination. The problems to be realized were froth with shadows, emotions and less we forget, some brutal physical trials. There were no quick fixes, it would be years, perhaps too many, before there would be a sense of proportion developed regarding the depth and breath of need for, and supply of adequate recovery services to be provided these young boys, and many of their families, in layers…and the public domain via various news agencies. Yes, the public suffered trauma, as well, which has gone really unnoticed and under-reported. That said, and fast-forwarding to Russell’s wonderment about the disconnect in the community regarding recovery services and their sometimes disconnect with some Mount Cashel boys to this day…in this instance Billy Earl….simply, these boys of yester-year, in many instances, are still ‘boys’ emotionally, to varying degrees depending on their opportunities to experience ‘normal world’ realites since ‘that time’. That opportunity to socially decompress would be a long, drawn-out process for many, and those ‘many’ in essence would be the ‘numbers’…the Billy Earl(s), represented in Russell Wangersky’s ‘Elusive Justice’ piece…’still finding their ‘psycho-social’ legs’ these many years since Mount Cashel’s closure. (…to be continued…, pending the Telegram’s generosity).