David and Louise Turpin's eldest child, 29-year-old Jennifer Turpin, was bullied in school for being "smelly," a former classmate has revealed.
After learning the woman was tortured in her parents' creepy of house of horrors, guilty ex-classmate, Taha Muntajibuddin, took to Facebook to share more about Jennifer's life.
"Jennifer Turpin was the one girl at Meadowcreek Elementary that nobody wanted to be caught talking to," wrote Muntajibuddin, who attended kindergarten through third grade with the woman in Fort Worth, Texas.
"Every grade level had a designated 'cootie kid' and she held the title for our year," he continued. "She was a frail girl, had pin-straight hair with bangs, and often wore the same purple outfit. She was often made fun of by the other third graders because her clothes would sometimes look as though they had been dragged through mud, which she would also smell like on most days."
As RadarOnline.com readers know, authorities rescued Jenifer and her twelve siblings from their California home, where they were held captive by their parents for years. They were allowed to eat once a day and shower twice a year. Not even bathroom visits were permitted, so they were forced to sit on their excrement for months at a time.
"I distinctly remember my entire third grade class scoffing at her one day because our teacher had asked her to discard a scrunchy she had used to tie her hair out of a discarded tin foil wrapper from an old Hershey's bar," added Muntajibuddin.
According to the man – now a pediatrics resident doctor – Jennifer left the school the following year and was quickly "forgotten."
In his shocking post, Muntajibuddin, admitted that he had searched for Jennifer Turpin various times on social media. Since he never found her, he assumed she was out somewhere "living her best life," after years of childhood bullying.
"That's what I had hoped for Jennifer. That she had used the insults that we hurled at her, the isolation we provided for her, and the ill-looks we gave her and used it as ammunition to forge a successful path in life. I was so sure that was what had happened," wrote Muntajibuddin, "but today I was in for a rude awakening."
Speaking of the recent news about Jennifer Turpin's troubled parents, years of torture, and horrendous life, Muntajibuddin continued.
"I've been reading these articles and seeing these statements and looking at these pictures, and I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of guilt and shame," he said. "Of course, none of us are responsible for the events that ensued, but you can't help but feel rotten when the classmate your peers made fun of for 'smelling like poop' quite literally had to sit in her own waste because she was chained to her bed."
"It is nothing but sobering to know that the person who sat across from you at the lunch table went home to squalor and filth while you went home to a warm meal and a bedtime story," he admitted in his statement.
Taha Muntajibuddin went on to say that the resounding lesson that he learned from Jennifer Turpin's story was that bullying is never okay. People have complex lives, and kindness is always welcome.
Jennifer's former classmate said that despite the way her classmates bullied her and her parents tortured her, she was "still one of the most pleasant people" he ever got to meet.
"That cheerful disposition is what makes me certain that Jennifer will prevail," stated Muntajibuddin. "That one day, I'll remember to Facebook stalk her, and see that she is living her best life. That despite being let down by her parents and by her peers alike, Jennifer rose above it all."
"I'm going to be rooting for her, as her peer, as her classmate, as her friend. Jennifer Turpin: from 'cootie girl' to 'conquered the world,'" concluded the Turpin's woman's ex-classmate.
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