Welfare To Work
Welfare-to-Work Responsible for Child?s Death
In his documentary about gun violence in the United States, Bowling for Columbine, Director/Producer Michael Moore seemingly implied that the government has the greater responsibility for the shooting of a six-year-old little girl, Kayla Rolland, by a six-year-old little boy, Dedrick Owens. Kayla Rolland and Dedrick Owens were classmates in the first grade at Buell Elementary in Beecher, Michigan. On February 29, 2000, Dedrick took a gun from his uncle?s home, where his family had been living, and took it with him to school where he shot Kayla over an argument they had had the previous day. The shooting resulted in Kayla?s death.
Dedrick?s mother, Tamarla Owens, had been a welfare recipient, and as such, was participating in Michigan?s Welfare-to-Work program (WtW). In the movie, Moore and others made several inflammatory comments that insinuated the WtW program contributed to Kayla Rolland?s death. We believe many of these comments to be outright lies or omissions of truth in order to divert attention away from those really responsible ? the child?s parents.
Moore?s claims regarding WtW are as follows: it forced Owens to get a job if she wanted continued benefits, such as foods stamps
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