Friday, June 20, 2008

My friend the witchdoctor

Stories like this are what set the heart pounding when you're the parent of autistic children:
BARRIE -- The mother of an autistic girl says the public school board was "completely unprofessional" to formulate a theory that her daughter was being sexually abused based on a psychic's perception.

Barrie resident Colleen Leduc wants an apology from the Simcoe County District School Board, which called in the Children's Aid Society (CAS) to investigate...

Leduc said they advised her that Victoria's educational assistant (EA) had visited a psychic, who said a youngster whose name started with "V" was being sexually abused by a man between 23 and 26 years old. Leduc was also handed a list of recent behaviours exhibited by her daughter.

Unbelievable. Reading the Bible, saying the Lord's Prayer, forming Christian clubs - verboten in public schools. Psychic readings - acceptable, and usable as a pretext for state intervention in family life.
Dr. Lindy Zaretsky, a school board superintendent whose portfolio includes special education, said the school was just following protocol, adding the board is bound by the same legislation (Child and Family Services Act) as the CAS when it comes to suspected neglect or sexual abuse.

"It is clear in all cases that this (information) must be reported," Zaretsky said.
No matter how bogus or imaginary the information might be. Oh, can I say that in Canada now? Or will I be hauled up before a Human Rights Commission on charges of discriminating against and spreading hatred against members of the Psychic community?
The local CAS won't comment on specific investigations, but said the legislation stipulates that all cases of suspected abuse be reported "if there are reasonable grounds."

"The schools are our eyes and ears in the community," said Mary Ballantyne, executive director of the Simcoe County chapter. "They are with children more than anyone else in the community and are the first to spot a child who may be in need of our protection."
Just as it all comes down to who gets to swing the "hatred" stick, it depends on who gets to decide what are "reasonable grounds". A psychic's visions? Sure! The lady in the lunchroom has a bad dream? Why not? The school secretary has a funny feeling? Go for it! What ISN'T a reasonable ground under these circumstances?

And notice the comfortable assertion that the schools are the primary caregiver for all children, even above the parents. I'm sure that wasn't an accidental allocation of superiority; these people really DO think that a child is the property of the professionals, and the parents come a distant second when it comes to influence and importance.

It's coming to a point soon where we all know that IF we step out of line in any way, the state has already set in place all the excuses they need to strip us of our homes, our families, and our livelihoods. You don't need to have public floggings to intimidate a populace when we know that there's a greased slope to ruin at our feet at every moment.

(Hat tip: Small Dead Animals)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious, is it possible to get waivers/vouchers in Canada for home schooling? That's really disturbing. Maybe it will backfire and they'll end up creating a grassroots movement to combat these tendencies? As long as you're a democracy there's still hope.

2:04 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Homeschooling is allowed in Canada, but I don't believe there's any opt-out provision when it comes to school taxes. You still have to pay, though you have the choice of which school board you wish to direct your payment: public, Catholic, or French. School funding is paid out of the property taxes collected by the city. Homeowners pay tax on their own properties, and renters pay indirectly, through their rents to the landlord, who then is responsible for the tax.

9:26 pm  

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