“No one is admitting making a mistake. Rather, they are defending their actions as reasonable, which is why this story cannot be allowed to disappear.”
In other stories regarding the issue of a father being arrested and strip-searched because his four year-old daughter doodled a gun in her daycare class, we are told that teachers consider themselves to be “co-parents”, a cute, self-serving construct I consider to be a means to enable the undermining of parents’ rights in order to justify massive, ideologically-based intrusions into the authority of parents in the raising and educating of their children.
In his article “Teachers should leave parenting to the parents” in the Toronto Sun on Feb. 28th, Joe Warmington had this to say:
“So does this mean the kids at school now refer to their teachers as “co-mom” and “co-dad?”
“Does the co-parent attend the ballet recitals, hockey practices, help pay the bills, drop them off at the dental appointments and go down to the hospital when a child has a fever, too?
“Or do co-parents stop parenting once their union wages end at 3:30 p.m?”
As Warmington observes: “…in this case there was no co-parenting at all. It was, in fact, substitute parenting since the girl’s actual parents were not consulted.”
Warmington quotes Charles McVety, president of Canada Family Action Coalition, as follows: ““It’s a Marxist-Leninist construct that the state will raise the children…It’s a real throwback to the Soviet era. There’s a real chill in the air.”
In my opinion, it seems that ways are being found to circumvent our protections against unreasonable search and seizure, and this needs to be dealt with immediately. And I distinctly remember that the Communist Party members in my CUPE local were always pushing for state control of childhood education, in the guise of state-sponsored daycare. I’m beginning to see why…
Uncivilized treatment of our civil rights
Jerry Agar: Feb. 27th, 2012
TORONTO – Your civil rights are not safe.
Freedom is tenuous, even here in Canada.
Jessie Sansone of Kitchener was arrested, handcuffed, strip searched; his wife hauled to the police station, their children removed from their custody and their house searched without a warrant (Sansone consented even though he didn’t have to), because their 4-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun in class.
It shouldn’t have happened to them – but it did – so it could happen to you.
There are a number of people involved who I would consider firing, but perhaps some further penalty is also warranted. And they are the very people to whom we are forced to entrust our children’s and the community’s safety.
Alison Scott, executive director of Family and Children’s Services said, “From a public safety point of view, any child drawing a picture of guns and saying there’s guns in a home would warrant some further conversation with the parents and child.”
It would appear there was no conversation. But excessive police action instantly took place.
Why would that be? Guns are not illegal. As Ezra Levant wrote, “We didn’t have a gun ban, just a gun registry.” Further, it seems Sansone doesn’t own a gun.
Throughout the chain of events following the irrational and irresponsible reaction of a teacher to a 4-year-old, neither the school principal, police nor child welfare officials took a moment, it seems, to stop and ask the father whether he had a gun.
They did not consider whether there was a lawful reason to obtain a warrant or to proceed under the precious protection of innocence until proven guilty.
They pronounced themselves judge and jury and horribly violated the parents, while hustling the children into the “protective care” of Family and Children’s Services.
Who was a greater harm to the child?
What was the “evidence” upon which this inquisition was perpetrated?
The little girl told a teacher that the gun in the drawing was one her father used to, “shoot bad guys and monsters.”
Was the reference to monsters not at least a hint that a child’s imagination was in play? Do the people now insisting in Ontario that they are competent to spend over a billion dollars a year to “educate” little 4 year olds in all day kindergarten not know that kids make stuff up?
Do we actually have police services turning out officers who will haul away a family without taking a minute to consider whether they are doing the correct thing when it comes to the rights and freedoms of citizens?
Waterloo Regional Police Insp. Kevin Thaler, citing a complaint from Forest Hills Public School said, “a firearm was in a residence and children had access to it. We had every concern, based on this information that children were in danger.”
The “evidence” was provided by a child who said monsters were “in residence.” Last Christmas Santa was in residence for a brief time in our house. We eagerly await the Easter Bunny.
Unless authorities have additional evidence here is what we know: No gun. No monsters. No warrant. No good reason.
No one is admitting making a mistake. Rather, they are defending their actions as reasonable, which is why this story cannot be allowed to disappear.
Otherwise your rights and protections under the law could become a memory as well.
See original here.
See “Teachers should leave parenting to the parents” (Toronto Sun, Feb. 28th) here.