A Child Called “It”
One of the books that is being read around school is the non-fiction story of David
Pelzer’s life, in his book, “A Child Called ‘It’.”
David’s childhood stories are both disturbing and sad. David lives in an abusive
household. His abusive mother makes his life a living nightmare.
When David was young, he had a perfect life. He and his parents and two brothers
lived in a nice home, went on vacation every summer, and lived in a loving family.
His life was normal, until his mother developed a drinking problem. Then things
changed between his mother and him.
His mother started beating him. It started with little things like a punch or slap
every once in a while. But then she began to get worse. She almost kills him on numerous
Along with many twisted ways to hurt him, she doesn’t feed him. During the
summer he once went ten days without food. The only time she allows him to eat is when
she packs him food for his school lunch.
His brothers are not abused at all. They refuse to talk to him because they think
that they will get hit if they try to help him. They soon come to completely ignore him as
if he didn’t exist.
His father is no better. He sees all of the things that happen to David and he does
nothing to stop it. He occasionally tells the mother not to treat David like that, but when
she continues to, he doesn’t stop her. His father, who was once David’s hero, becomes
just another bystander in his horrible life.
David has one pair of clothes and isn’t allowed to take baths or wash his cloths.
He is disliked at school for his filthy and bruised appearance. Along with being an outcast
already, he steals food from other kids lunches to fulfill his hunger. He gets caught and is
exposed to his class. The other children hate him, and he becomes the subject of beatings
from the bullies.
His brothers joined in the “fun” of beating him up. They also make up lies of
things he’s done just to watch him get punished by their mother. He never seems to be