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Did you expect there to be a happy outcome of the AL bunker kidnapping story?

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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5-Year-Old Rescued From Underground Bunker Gets the Best Birthday Present of His Life

Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham on February 5, 2013 

Jimmy Lee DykesIt was exactly one week ago today when 65-year-old Vietnam vet Jimmy Lee Dykes stormed a school bus, demanded two children, and shot the heroic bus driver (who tried to defend the children) to death. He took a 5-year-old boy and went to an underground bunker where he held up for six horrible days.

Now Dykes is dead and the boy is safe after the FBI finally stormed the bunker due to sufficient fear that the boy was in imminent danger. Apparently the FBI had a camera in the bunker, though they will not say how they got it there, and saw Dykes with a gun.

Dykes was killed during the raid, allegedly at the hands of the authorities who shot him to death. He is gone and the child is safe. After this, the one question on everyone's mind seems to be: What happens to a child who has been through something like this?

The truth is, no one knows. The boy is said to have a mild form of autism and also suffers from ADHD. During the standoff, authorities passed snacks, toys, coloring books, and his medication into the bunker with Dykes' approval.

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Amazingly, he was rescued two days before his sixth birthday and is already laughing and happily reunited with his parents.

But what he saw can't be unseen. He saw his bus driver shot to death while trying to defend him. He cried for his parents day after day and didn't have those cries answered. He was held by a mad survivalist who may or may not have held a gun near or around him for an entire week.

It's true that he is so young, he may bounce completely back and have no lasting trauma. But it's also possible that he will be haunted by the memories, have bad dreams, and generally be anxious for years to come.

It's impossible to tell. What is clear is that this story has had a much happier ending than most of us had feared. This boy is safe and healthy enough to celebrate turning 6. I am sure in their hearts, his parents feared that he might not get to see this birthday or that he would still be underground. So this is as happy an ending as there could possibly be.

Let's hope that this little boy grows up strong and happy and that the trauma is something that disappears slowly over time.

Did you expect this to be the outcome of this story?

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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nelliesmommy
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

No. I'm glad the little boy is ok.

IntactivistMama
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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Me neither.

What a relief.
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lga1965
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

 I didn't EXPECT this outcome, I just hoped that nothing would happen to the little boy. But I wasn't very confident that he would get out of the bunker without being hurt .....

 

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Feb. 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Yes.

I expected the police to kill him, and I expected them to be able to do so without further harming the boy.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM
I chose not to think that far ahead.
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TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

 I thought the gunman would kill him then himself. I'm so glad that boy is safely back with his parents.

Aslen
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM
Yes.
One of the two people in that bunker were going to die.
I'm just.glad it was.the right one
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WesternNYmom
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Honestly? No I didn't.  I was expecting the worst. The thought going through my head during the past week was, if that guy was capable of going onto the school bus and killing the driver in cold blood, then he most likely would do the same to that poor child. I am so glad to see that I was wrong, and that poor boy is home safe and sound with his family.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM
This is what I expected to happen

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 I thought the gunman would kill him then himself. I'm so glad that boy is safely back with his parents.

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bizkit_fanky
by Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:33 AM


My thoughts too

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 I thought the gunman would kill him then himself. I'm so glad that boy is safely back with his parents.



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