Board use of psychic blasted
Allegation of sex abuse stems from 'vision' of letter V [Excerpts]
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 immediately pulled her 11-year-old daughter, Victoria Nolet, out of Terry Fox Elementary School in north-end Barrie.
"I have trust issues now," Leduc said. "What are they going to concoct next week?"
Victoria has severe autism and is nonverbal.
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."
"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."
(Bowe, Board use of psychic blasted, Toronto Sun, June 19, 2008)
[TBC: "Reasonable grounds" in Canada apparently now include the impressions of a psychic. In view of the demonstrated trail of fraud and deceit in the "pyschic field," why should the "eyes and ears" of the community so readily give credence to psychic diagnosis? The admonition of Acts:28:29 is instructive, "For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."