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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Good School Is Hard to Find

From the "so weird I couldn't possibly make it up if I tried" file (thanks to Sarah for the link): School officials at Terry Fox Elementary in the Simcoe County school district in Ontario, Canada, made a report to the local child protective services agency that they suspected an autistic girl was being sexually abused, based entirely on the allegations of a psychic. As reported by City News:


Leduc's weird tale began on May 30, when she dropped young Victoria off for class at Terry Fox Elementary and headed in to work, only to receive a frantic phone call from the school telling her it was urgent she come back right away.

The frightened mother rushed back to the campus and was stunned by what she heard - the principal, vice-principal and her daughter's teacher were all waiting for her in the office, telling her they'd received allegations that Victoria had been the victim of sexual abuse - and that the CAS had been notified.

How did they come by such startling knowledge? Leduc was incredulous as they poured out their story.

"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.'"

…The mom, who is divorced and has a new fiancé, adamantly denied the charges, noting her daughter was never exposed to anyone of that age. And fortunately she had proof. The mother was long dissatisfied with the treatment her daughter had received at the school, after they had allegedly lost her on several occasions.

As a result, the already cash strapped mom had spent a considerable sum of money to not only have her child equipped with a GPS unit, but one that provided audio records of everything that was going on around her.


The child protective workers who investigated the report promptly closed the file and declared the report to be ridiculous. The mom withdrew Victoria from the school as a result of the incident, believing her daughter to be unsafe there. With no other place to send her daughter, she had to leave her job and is now seeking legal advice.

My crystal ball predicts a lawsuit and major media embarrassment in the Simcoe County school district's future.

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8 Comments:

  • Hey thanks for doing that. Your blog is a great forum and with a sizable readership. I think the school needs some pressure over this. Psychic indeed!

    My career prevents me from blogging. I am an auctioneer and my expertise is lien law. I attach liens in default cases. I represent notable clients (Steve Fossett was one until his disappearance) and my personal life is on display.

    I do have Asperger's-this is a non issue in my field-but doing what you and Bev do is outside of my purview.

    Thanks!
    ~Sarah

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:19 PM  

  • Wow! Just fricking wow.

    By Blogger Genevieve Hinson, at 7:01 PM  

  • How totally bizarre.... and how sad to read this in association with the name "Terry Fox" (The school is obviously named after him). Just yesterday Alex met Terry's brother Darrell and saw the van Terry called home as he ran his Marathon of Hope.

    By Blogger jypsy, at 7:12 PM  

  • The principal of the school in question is Mr. Tremain 705-727-4267, btremain@scdsb.on.ca.

    By Blogger VAB, at 8:37 PM  

  • Are you sure this story isn't a spoof?

    By Anonymous sanabituranima, at 1:11 PM  

  • The story has been reported on other news sites, so it doesn't appear to be a spoof, although it's such a bizarre story that the spoofers probably wish they had thought of something like it.

    By Blogger abfh, at 5:50 PM  

  • I find this bitterly ironic when I consider how frequently schools fail to act on allegations of abuse from more reliable sources - such as THE CHILDREN THEMSELVES...

    By Blogger Phillida Phoenix, at 6:26 PM  

  • "School officials at Terry Fox Elementary in the Simcoe County school district in Ontario, Canada, made a report to the local child protective services agency that they suspected an autistic girl was being sexually abused, based entirely on the allegations of a psychic."

    Holy fuck! This is bloody ridiculous! I know that I rail about Finnish authorities a lot, but - shitting Jesus - this is unbelievable! Even the Finnish wouldn't be that stupid!

    "...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.'"

    Chelation, magic hats and (now) psychics?

    When will the stupidity end?

    By Blogger David N. Andrews MEd (Distinction), at 8:44 AM  

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