Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6 | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6

More is being learned about Monday's rescue of that little boy in Midland City, Ala.

Let's first pause, though, to note that today is Ethan's sixth birthday — and hope that he can enjoy it. As AL.com writes, "memories of what happened will no doubt live with him his whole life." Fortunately, experts say "children are resilient and through therapy and support from his community, his family, and his school, the traumatic effects can be lessened with time."

Ethan (like other news outlets, NPR is not reporting his last name to help preserve some of the family's privacy), was on his school bus with other children on Jan. 29 when a gunman shot the driver dead, snatched the boy and took him to an underground bunker where he was held captive for nearly a week.

According to The Associated Press, kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes "rigged the bunker with explosives, tried to reinforce it against any raid, and when SWAT agents stormed the shelter Monday to rescue the boy ... [he] engaged in a firefight," FBI and officials said.

Ethan, the wire service adds, "has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [but] was said to be acting like a normal kid after his rescue. Officials said there was no indication that Dykes had harmed the boy. [Ethan] was running around, playing with a toy dinosaur and other action figures, eating a turkey sandwich and watching SpongeBob SquarePants [on Tuesday], relatives and Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said."

The Napier Field (Ala.) Police Department has been collecting cards for Ethan. The address:

Ethan

NFPD

400 Headquarters St.

Napier Field, Ala. 36303

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
NPR

Author And His Daughter Cook Around The Word And You Can Too

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.
NPR

Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.
NPR

Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.