Saturday, April 29, 2006

Painful to read, but worthwhile.

When family, religion, politics and the state are against this girl, where do we start fixing things?

And, at the bottom of that same post, I note a lazy journalist has invented a new religious sect: "devout Judaeo-Christians."

Words fail me, sometimes. Not often, but sometimes.

2 comments:

elementaryhistoryteacher said...

One reason child services dropped the ball on this one is they moved around so much----probably by the time her records caught up to her and the teachers might have had some questionable behavior the family would be up and gone. These types of families are in and out of our school systems all the time and the numbers are rising. Another section of the population is homeschoolers-----most are fine, but there are some who use homeschool as an excuse to stay out of the school building and therefore can get by with certain things without detection. I'm also surprised that I'm in the new sect, Judeo-Christian. Hmmmm....

Ahistoricality said...

This definitely is one case where the mobility and anonymity of modern society were deliberate tools of abuse, but information technology, properly applied, should give us a better handle on situations like this. It's the "properly applied" part that's hard, of course....

We can't prevent every tragedy, nor can we go back and change things, but we do need to adapt.