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Ethan: One Year Later

On the surface, he's a normal six year old boy... But he's a little boy that's been through some very extraordinary circumstances.
Despite the horrific situation, counselors say Ethan does not have PTSD symptoms.
Despite the horrific situation, counselors say Ethan does not have PTSD symptoms.


On the surface, he's a normal six year old boy... But he's a little boy that's been through some very extraordinary circumstances. Almost one year ago Ethan was taken from his dale county school bus and held hostage for six days in an underground bunker.

"He told me the whole story from the time Dykes came on to the bus till the time he took him to the bunker he told me the whole story and I just listened to him. I didn't pry I just let him talk. But the best thing is he came out of it safe and sound and Ethan as a whole now has made a lot of strides from the kid before he went in," said Camren Kirkland, Ethan’s brother.

He says Ethan doesn't talk much about the bunker or Jimmy Lee Dykes anymore.

"He's probably only talked about it four times," Camren said.

Now their conversations revolve around school and playing baseball. In fact today Ethan talked to us about how much he loves his teacher and told us a little about what he did at school today.

"Today we made snowmen, he said.

And his favorite cafeteria foods?

"Pizza and hamburgers!" said Ethan.

Ethan's counselors were once worried that he would have PTSD but it has been confirmed that he has no signs of that at all but as Ethan and his family continue to heal, there are some memories that his brother Camren says will never fade.

“I remember the six days we sat and waited for the news. The FBI gathered us and told us that she had some news that they stormed the bunker and got him... It was all just tears of joy… happiness," said Camren.

He says throughout the last year the support and love Ethan's been shown is remarkable. Along with the national attention came hundreds of gifts, cards and letters. Camren has put up those mementos for when Ethan is older and can understand what they mean.

Camren says he wants Ethan to graduate high school and go to college. He says Ethan wants to be either a race car driver or airplane mechanic. Incredible goals from a little boy whose future was so uncertain just a year ago.

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