West Valley City police this week filed domestic violence charges against a guy who allegedly held his wife at knifepoint during a meltdown and threatened his 10-year-old in front of two other kids. In the charges, investigators took the unusual step of quoting directly from the 10-year-old's written witness statement, unedited, and the effect is heartbreaking.
"... He put me agencet the wall and sayd if you give me respeck then I will give you respeck. I was crying when he said that to me. I was devisteted and scared ... and my dad rubed a knife agencet my mom's rist."
No matter where you fall on education methods and standards, I think we all can agree that a 10-year-old should not be expected to write "devastated" in a first-person narrative.