Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Graduate High School in Tearful Ceremony

Bless their hearts. Their strength is admirable.

TIME

Cleveland kidnapping survivors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus did not have the chance to graduate with their high school classmates when they should have, but school officials changed that on Wednesday when they gave them their honorary diplomas and an afternoon filled with pomp and circumstance.

“Graduation is a milestone,” says Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. “The faculty really wanted to give them an experience they really should have been allowed to earn on their own, but because of what happened to them, they didn’t have that opportunity.”

Berry was a 16-year-old student at John Marshall High School in Cleveland when she was abducted in 2003. DeJesus, who was 14 when she was abducted, was attending Wilbur Wright Middle School, but would have attended John Marshall High School if she had been able to graduate.

It has been more than two years since the women, along…

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Posted on 05/30/2015, in Cases, Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. That is so wonderful!

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  2. I love this. they are experiencing what it’s like to be normal!!

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    Beautiful!

    I wish them a bright and wonderful future!

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    • That was interesting!

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    • Hey Linda! As we saw by the program on Judge Judy, Marilyn experienced early in life how the police and district attorneys throw people to the civil courts when they have been criminally wronged. That might be why she is able to empathize with all victims. Being a victim that is disappointed in the system planted a seed of passion in her for the law. Yes — she is going far.

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  4. Aw! I am so filled with admiration for the bravery of these girls!

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