Jasper is a small timber town around 100 miles northeast of Houston, Texas. It’s a quaint area that holds an annual Butterfly Festival the first October every year. However, in June of 1998, Jasper was rocked by a brutal hate crime that still reverberates across the nation today.
Children are among the most vulnerable members within our community and great lengths are taken to protect them at all costs. There are social service systems in place whose sole purpose is to protect children. But sadly, there is no such thing as a perfect system. No society can protect every single child and in 2006 a tragedy in Barrie, Canada, was a painful reminder.