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    Posted May 21, 2010 by
    lehi, Utah
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Do you remember the Atlanta Child Murders?

    I remember...


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Jproulx was a 4-year-old kid living in Atlanta when the string of child murders happened 30 years ago. 'I just couldn't believe that there were people in the world that would hurt or kill children. I had always assumed adults were to be trusted, so it made me feel vulnerable,' she said. She now has four young children whom she keeps close to her. 'I do not let myself just assume they are safe, even in our neighborhood.'
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    I was a little girl when we lived in Atlanta at the time of the murders. My family is white, although at the time I didn't understand that only black children were the targets. I remember my parents watching the news in the evening, the day the little girl was found tied to a tree. I told my dad, " I don't want to be killed." He assured me that where ever his children were, he would be. I was also afraid one of my friends from school would be targeted, thankfully, that never happened. To this day, whenever this case is in the news, I can remember the fear that I had, and that everyone else had. The loss of the parents was surely unbearable.  I would also say that being exposed to the knowledge at such a young age that there are actually people in the world who want to hurt children, influenced how I parent my children. I watch them constantly, and I'm aware that others may be too.

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