“I’ve been here 4 or 5 months. I’m from Wichita. I get A’s and B’s in school. My dad is looking for work. My mom was in a car accident and she’s dead and I’m glad. I was seven when she was killed. She abandoned us when I was 3. My Dad hated her even before I was born. My Dad visits me every Thursday but my aunt can’t visit.
The color of these walls? Gay. Not in a happy way—in a “homo” way.
She works as a vet at an animal shelter. I live with my Dad, my aunt and two cousins—a six year old girl and a seven year old boy—and a Dog and a Cat. The cat weighs only 3 pounds. My charges…I’m not going to talk about it. The food here is nasty. The color of these walls? Gay. Not in a happy way—in a “homo” way. I here until they find placement for me in a shelter.”
-E.A., age 12, Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility, Wichita, Kansas