ED. NOTE: Not all the teens interviewed by FRONTLINE were exposed or even connected to
the syphilis outbreak; in fact, many of the younger teens didn't know about
the strange events that occurred in Rockdale County in the spring and summer of
So what about as a whole family. Are you close as a whole family?
Kevin: Not really. We don't really spend that much time together.
Mainly, the only times we're really together are on holidays: Christmas and
Thanksgiving. Other than that, we're not really that close.
Jenny is your family close would you say?
Jenny: Not as not as close as most families are. I don't think,
anyways-- I mean, in my eyes. I'm always gone. Like I'm never here. And that
they could be closer I think. Like we don't say 'I love you' to each other or
nothin'. I don't even talk to my dad much or my brothers. That's how I see
it. I don't know.
Brandi: We don't--we never ate together. Maybe once every three months
or something. I mean, we don't sit down and eat. Everybody just gets their
plate and goes in the living room and eats. . . When I go to my friends they
are, the plates are all fixed out, everyone eats together and that's just kind
of like ya'll's talkin' time. But we're just kind of--it's just like another
piece of the day. You just go fix your plate, eat, watch TV, finish watchin'
whatever you're watchin'.
Amy: After supper was over we didn't have anything else to do, so we
would just all go--like my mom would go upstairs, my dad would go to his
workshop or to the TV in the living room. I would go to my room, my sister
would go to her room, and we never talked anymore after that. After dinner. And
we didn't really communicate like we should have, or like we had before,
earlier, when I was littler.
Kevin: I think my dad would like me to spend more time with him. . .
When I was a kid I always sat with him in a chair and watch TV all night. And
whenever I got home from school I'd go run into my dad's office--Hey and all
that. Now it's just like, come home, Hey I'm home. Goin' somewhere. See ya
later . I miss it. The feelin' that we used to have. It's kind of
like I grew out of it and it's not somethin' that I just wanna go back and do.
But, I wish we could we could be a little closer.
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