English Research Project

by: Jack Wendell, Alyssa Jacon, and Logan Southard

David Plezer and Family before Divorce

~ he had 4 brothers

~ he had a loving mother and father

~ they had a happy life and a happy family

~ lived in a nice house

~ she was a stay at home mom

~ he was a firefighter

David Pelzer and Family after Divorce

~ had an abusive mother

~ do not communicate with father

~ mother is an alcoholic

Family Biography


~born on December 29th 1960

~born in San Francisco, California

~raised in Daly City, California

Catherine Roerva Christen & Stephen Joseph Pelzer

~parents of David and 5 other children

~mom is a stay at home mom

~father is a firefighter

Child Abuse and Amber Alerts

California Statute defines child abuse as inflicting by non-accidental means physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation of a child under the age of 18. Statute contains exemptions for religion, reasonable force, and informed medical decision `

Physical maltreatment or sexual molestation of a child

The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly alert the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.

AMBER Alerts are broadcast through radio, television, road signs and all available technology referred to as the AMBER Alert Secondary Distribution Program. These broadcasts let law enforcement use the eyes and ears of the public to help quickly locate an abducted child. The U.S. Department of Justice coordinates the AMBER Alert program on a national basis.

The AMBER Alert Program was named in honor of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was abducted while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and was later found murdered. The program is used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Golden Gate Bridge

Construction started on January 5th 1933 and took just over 4 years to complete. The bridge was open to traffic on May 28th 1937. Back then it cost $27 million to build. The cost to construct a new Golden Gate Bridge would be approximately $1.2 billion in 2003. It got its name by the water that runs under it, the Golden Gate Strait. The total price depends on a many factors including the extent of the environmental reviews and the cost of labor and materials. There is a plaque on the south face of the south tower that acknowledges the names of the Officers, Past Officers, Directors, Past Directors, Engineering Staff and Contractors involved in the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. There is also a memorial plaque at the southern entrance to the west sidewalk that was created as a memorial to the eleven men killed while building the Golden Gate Bridge; their names are listed on the plaque. There are also three plaques displayed together in the Flag Pole area in the visitor area on south side of the Golden Gate Bridge. The three plaques include:

1. American Society of Civil Engineers awarded a special citation for infrastructure rehabilitation for the redecking of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1986.

2. American Society of Civil Engineers named the Golden Gate Bridge as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1984.

3. American Society of Civil Engineers, San Francisco Section named the Golden Gate Bridge as a California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1976.

Steinhart Aquarium

One of the most biologically diverse and interactive aquariums in the world. Nearly 40,000 animals and representing over 900 separate species. It offers guests an unprecedented view of underwater and shows that aquatic environments play a critical role in life on Earth. The original Steinhart Aquarium opened in Golden Gate Park in 1923 and was the model for many of the public aquariums that followed. Includes the world’s deepest living coral reef tank, a four-level rainforest dome, the ever changing water planet gallery and more.