Community Reaching Out to Help Tortured Tracy Teen

Local high school students spearhead campaign

The Tracy teenager police say was tortured and held captive is about to get an outpouring of holiday wishes. Several fundraising and gift giving drives are taking place aimed at showing the boy he is not alone. There are Christmas gifts collected by teenagers for a fellow teenager in need. Students at Tracy's West High School said after learning a 16-year-old had escaped from a Tracy house where police said he was held captive and tortured. They felt they had to help "I want people to know that he has people that care for him even though people didn't treat him good in his life," said Devin Rio, West High School Student. "If he needs anybody he has friends in Tracy." Kristi Thornton, a teacher at the school, said "for my teenage leadership students to come through and come up with this idea and take it to the entire student body is emotional." The sports gym where the shackled boy escaped to is also collecting donations. Money, letters and cards have already been pouring in. "It makes me cry every time I read the letters," said Lea Leanardo of In Shape Sports Club. "Some people are giving 20 bucks, five or six bucks whatever they can give." A non-profit group in Sacramento has accepted about $20,000 in online donations so far. They said the boy's story has touched hearts across the country. But now that Kyle's story has been uncovered people say they feel the can make a difference and they want him to know they care. "We just wish you a very merry Christmas wherever you are," said Megan Anastasio a West High School student.

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