Thursday, June 19, 2008

Some people must be from a different reality

Mirror Mirror is a Star Trek episode where Kirk and three other crew members are thrown into an alternate reality. In this other reality the Federation is a ruthless dominating government. People try to kill each other to rise in the organization. Kirk challenges the alternate Spock to be a force for good. Then our heros are able to return, safe and sound.

A recent event from Canada makes me wonder if I'm in an alternate universe.

Board use of psychic blasted - Allegation of sex abuse stems from 'vision' of letter V:

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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.

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An education assistant saw a psychic. The psychic said a "youngster whose name started with "V" was being sexually abused by a man between 23 and 26 years old." The austic girl's name starts with "V."

Based on this the school reports the family to the CAS.

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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.
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."
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I'm confused. In my universe a vague "psychic" vision is not reasonable grounds.

(Hat tip: Homeschooled twins)


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4 comments:

Phil said...

It's almost as if the people in these organizations are sitting around in meetings and saying, "Gee, we haven't been sued in awhile. What can we do to change that?"

Next they'll be reporting families based on dreams and tea leaves!

Robert M. Lindsey said...

I'm confused. In my universe a vague "psychic" vision is not reasonable grounds.
You're in the wrong universe.

Henry Cate said...

phil - It is mind boggling. I don't know what the principal was thinking. He may have felt he was obligated to report it. Maybe if he didn't, and there was abuse, he was worried that he might get sued.

robert - tell me, how do I get back to the rational universe?

christy said...

just shaking my head -unbelievable.