Friday, September 23, 2005

Two Stories That Have Sickened Me Today

Darleen and GOP Vixen pointed out two items today that just left me stunned.

The first one is a story at Kid Squared about some serious child neglect. It's about a nanny that is clearly in the wrong business. It's titled "What would you have done?" I still haven't been able to come up with a satisfactory answer for myself on what even the proper response would be, much less how I would actually have reacted.
I could tell Mike had been crying for a while because he had escalated to the point of heaving.
Five minutes later Mike was still wailing, unable to catch his breath as he sat on the sand; the women were still ignoring him. My heart began to hurt. I imagined that there had been some sort of fight over the car and that Mike threw a fit and his mother had asked told him he would have to wait his turn, or maybe little Mike had even hit the other boy, so the mom was letting him sit for a bit. But Mike had been hysterical for so long that it felt like the mother should help him work through it, regardless of what he had done - because after all he was just barely two, if even that. I watched her turn to Mike and then abruptly walk away from him and get something from her bag. Ah, I thought, she's gotten a tissue to wipe his nose, now she will tend to him. But she didn't. Instead swiped his nose forcefully and then picked him up and roughly moved him back to the spot she had picked for him to sit.
The second is reported by the AP. It's a story about a 14 year old girl being kicked out of a Christian School because her parents are a pair of lesbians.

"Your family does not meet the policies of admission," Superintendent Leonard Stob wrote to Tina Clark, the girl's biological mother.

Stob wrote that school policy requires that at least one parent may not engage in practices "immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style, such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship," The Los Angeles Times reported in Friday's edition.

I just can't understand how people can be intentionally cruel to kids. Methodically. The people who have been entrusted to CARE for them. Fuckers