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An Act of Courage

Posted: January 28, 2012 by Ed Griffin in Prison
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In a local prison there was an inmate who couldn’t hear and couldn’t speak. He made funny sounds with his mouth and he was always ling. The other inmates accepted him and helped him, as they seem to do with anyone who is out of the ordinary. This is contrary to the impression the public has of inmates.

One day this man was at the end of the line at the chow hall. Behind him a group of guards started mocking him,

chow line

chow line

making strange sounds, smiling, and contorting their bodies in strange ways.

Another inmate approached the line from the opposite direction and saw what was happening. He didn’t say anything to the guards – he just kept walking. When he got back to his cell, he thought about what he had seen. It wasn’t right. So he decided to report it to the shift supervisor. This guard took the information, a smirk on his face, and said, “Yeah, yeah, we’ll look into it.”

Of course, nothing happened and the inmate saw it happen again. He reported to the next level of supervision and this is what he was told: “Look, fella, if you’re smart, you’ll just shut up. Keep pushing this and every guard here will give you a bad time. Take it easy and just do your time.”

And the higher supervisor had the same smirk on his face.

snirkThe public seldom gets into a prison to see what goes on there, but watch reality jail or cop shows on TV, and you’ll see the smirk.

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  • flickr.com
  • kra.deviantart.com
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