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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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Charles Ramsey Signs Book Deal

Charles Ramsey with Anderson Cooper

Charles Ramsey with Anderson Cooper

On May 6, 2013, Charles Ramsey helped three women and a child escape a Cleveland house. Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry were kidnapped and held captive in that house, with Berry having been held captive for 10 years, giving birth to a child fathered by her kidnapper.

“What you saw on TV doesn’t even begin to tell the story,” Ramsey said. Now, Ramsey gets a chance to put the entire story in writing. Read the rest of this entry

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