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Radio Story: Jeremy by Kyle Gest
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Wow, what an amazing story by Kyle Gest. I hope your family knows the incredible sacrifice you made to keep them safe. It seems like all of the adults in your life at the time completely failed you. It’s a shame none of the teachers noticed your fear or paid attention to the physical altercations in the hallway. They had ENDLESS opportunity to INTERVENE and they did NOTHING. How disturbing. The lack of empathy from those folks, as a whole, is almost as bad as what Jeremy did to that poor woman. I hope that monster stays in prison for a long time. I wish you the best of luck in rebuilding your life.
like Ammie-Marie Sprowls said…that’s exactly what I was thinking…where were the adults??? After the guy broke into their house, that, if nothing else should have been a huge red flag! I hope to never be blind to stuff like this with my children…scary!
I can answer that. It’s exactly like you’d think, though perhaps not for the same reasons.
My parents were largely absent. My father worked in the film industry as a grip. If you’ve never done it, don’t. I saw him on weekends when he wasn’t juggling fifteen hour days. My mother ran her own business which, while not as time consuming, only added to the debt our family was already in. She was riding the waves of depression. Getting herself out of bed, let alone her kid, well… That’s the formula for a situation like the one I was in.
If you’re curious, there’s more from that period on my show. Check out episode 23, “Mom” on The Lapse Storytelling Podcast (http://thelapse.org).
I wish – I think we all wish – someone had listened to Kyle when he was young and followed-up on on his fears. Teens are for sure dramatic and tend toward hyperbole BUT these unfortunate events are reminders that teens are people too who do posses gut instinct and knowledge of right and wrong. We should practice active listening with our youth and not blow off what they say. We need to keep an open, honest, and continuous dialogue with them from a young age so that as they transition into young adults and start to face more difficult situations that (a) they know how to express their concerns and (b) we know how to listen to them.
This may be of little comfort to you Kyle, should you ever read this, but you were right. You were right. And they should have listened to you. I’m sorry no one listened to you.
Kyle’s story was like the hardest gut punch from a bully I’d ever received. It took about an hour after I listened to it I was so wound up I couldn’t sleep, I felt irritable, I felt like a hot wire was burning my brain. In junior high I used to fantasize that someone was injecting me heroine in my sleep so I could rationalize my daily malaise my inability to connect and engage in school. I also pretended I couldn’t feel pain, which made me victim to everyone who wanted to exercise some violence. I feel like I had a Jeremy. Mine here up to live a normal life, but by the ninth grade when I was free of him, I was already wide open and receptive to the idea random violence and subservience was just a normal part of life. I dropped out of highschool, tried to panic finish by correspondence. Up until last night, as a 32 year old man I had assumed all I had been feeling then was a result of my weak will and small stature. I’m still a little unsure of how to deal with the knowledge bigger smarter people also felt the same way, responded the same way.
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