Friday, June 20, 2008

Another Profile in Rationality

I got this one from PZ last night:

Colleen Leduc has an autistic child named Victoria who is enrolled in a public school. She recently got a terrifying phone call — her daughter was being sexually abused. We parents know well the fear and worry a threat to our children can cause, and Leduc was receiving an urgent, frantic phone call from school officials telling her that her daughter was being victimized in the worst way.

So she rushes in to this little meeting.

"The teacher looked and me and said: 'We have to tell you something. The educational assistant who works with Victoria went to see a psychic last night, and the psychic asked the educational assistant at that particular time if she works with a little girl by the name of "V." And she said 'yes, I do.' And she said, 'well, you need to know that that child is being sexually abused by a man between the ages of 23 and 26.'"


Luckily, the case was promptly dismissed.

The school, ever diligent, has this to say:

"It is highly unusual, I will admit, to have a case called in based upon what a psychic might say," concedes Sue Dale of the Simcoe County CAS.

And what does the admittedly red-faced school board have to say about all this? "I don't have the information yet, but when we proceed with our own investigation we'll know more about that," is all Dr. Lindy Zaretsky, the Simcoe County Superintendent, was willing to allow.

And what does the local board have to say about all this? "I don't have the information yet, but when we proceed with our own investigation we'll know more about that," is all Dr. Lindy Zaretsky, the Simcoe County Superintendent, was willing to allow.


Why do I suspect that the results of their "investigation" may not be as widely disseminated as the original incident?

1 Comments:

Blogger Stevem said...

Yeah, I saw this one too. It's pretty disturbing that the school would do something like this. It's not totally surprizing, however. Unfortunately a lot of school don't know how to handle sex abuse allegations, even when they originate in this realm.

June 20, 2008 10:47 AM  

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