School reports child as sexually abused based on the claim of a psychic.

Being a single mom raising an autistic daughter is hard enough to begin with and having to deal with stupid shit like this only makes it harder. Colleen Leduc had just dropped her autistic daughter, Victoria, off at the school and was headed to work when she got a frantic phone call saying she needed to come back to the school immediately. Upon arrival she was greeted with the following news:

“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.’”

Victoria, who is non-verbal, had also been exhibiting sexualized behaviour in class, actions which are known to be typical of autistic behavior. (See other typical actions here) That lead authorities to suspect she had a bladder infection that may have somehow been related to the ‘attack.’

Leduc was shaken by the idea. “It’s actually your worst nightmare your child being violated,” she admits. “So for them to even suggest that, and that be my worst nightmare, it was horrific.”

But things got worse when school officials used the “evidence” and accepted the completely unsubstantiated word of the seer by reporting the case to Children’s Aid, which promptly opened a file on the family.

“They reported me to Children’s Aid,” Leduc declares, still disbelieving. “Based on a psychic!”

It’s bad enough that the teacher’s aid was credulous enough to buy into this story, but the fact that everyone else bought into it enough to take it seriously is just amazing. They must have some very incompetent people running the Terry Fox Elementary school. A possibility backed up by the fact that Leduc had to take steps to safeguard her daughter after the school repeatedly “lost” her at various points. Steps that would, in fact, pay off in this new situation:

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.

So she had non-stop taped proof that nothing untoward had ever happened to her daughter, and was aghast that the situation had gone this far. But under the Child and Family Services Act, anyone who works with children and has reasonable grounds to suspect a youngster is being harmed, must report it immediately – and the CAS has an obligation to follow up.

The key words above should be reasonable grounds and the word of a supposed “psychic” who claims to have gotten the knowledge through her extra sensory powers and not, say, as an eyewitness to the crime should never be considered reasonable grounds. Not only should the teacher’s aid be fired, assuming she’s not a volunteer, but probably the principal as well for letting this idiocy happen in the first place.

10 thoughts on “School reports child as sexually abused based on the claim of a psychic.

  1. Cash-strapped Mom…. proof that nothing is going on… accused based on a psychics word??

    There’s blood in the water.  I bet the lawyers are already circling.

    That school is in a LOT of trouble.

  2. When people file false police reports, they are libel to be charged with some type of crime and/or have to pay back funds used by the police as a result of the false report.  Seems to me, something similar should happen in this instance.

    Plus, if I had a child in that school, and found this out, I’d be looking for a new school immediately. Then again, I’d have already found a new one if they “lost” my kid a couple of times.

  3. Les is right, the operative word is “reasonable” (just as the operative word is “reasonable” in the “reasonable doubt” standard for criminal trials).

    Is it reasonable to believe a child is being abused, based on the word of a so-called “psychic” who has never laid eyes on the child and only named a first letter of the child’s name?

    Of course not.

    Everyone involved should be sued, and fired, not necessarily in that order.  Unless someone takes a stand in the courts against this kind of abuse of process, this will happen again.

  4. As far as I’m concerned, all self-declared psychics should be whacked in the back of theirs heads with a 2×4. If they’re for real, they should know when to duck.

  5. This is despicable! I wouldnt be suprised if there isnt some sort of private grudge envolved in this beacasue there is no way on earth that such stupidity could exist! As an autistic person myself I can claim from expirirence that schools (In britain at leist) simply cannot handle autistic\aspergic children. This was probably a case of the school wanting the child and mother off of their hands.

  6. I wouldnt be suprised if there isnt some sort of private grudge envolved in this beacasue there is no way on earth that such stupidity could exist!

    Never underestimate the power and extent of human stupidity.

    Most likely, the “psychic” was squirting out of his or her ass to impress a gullible mark. I don’t have a high opinion of the staff of an elementary school that loses kids to begin with and after running with such a harebrained accusation lowers it to rock-bottom. On top of that, the Children’s Aid staffers don’t seem to be the brightests bulbs in the chandelier, either.

    And what about the boards?

    And what does the admittedly red-faced school board have to say about all this? “I don’t have the information yet, but when we proceed with our own investigation we’ll know more about that,” is all Dr. Lindy Zaretsky, the Simcoe County Superintendent, was willing to allow.

    And what does the local board have to say about all this? “I don’t have the information yet, but when we proceed with our own investigation we’ll know more about that,” is all Dr. Lindy Zaretsky, the Simcoe County Superintendent, was willing to allow.

    In other words, they’re trying to buy time and hope that people will forget what loons they are.

    Sadly, the story doesn’t end there:

    While the board agrees it may have overreacted, accepted a rather dubious source and misinterpreted the signs of the so-called abuse, Leduc is now more convinced than ever that her daughter isn’t safe at the campus and that she needs more intensive therapy.

    As a result, she’s refused to send Victoria back to class – or to the educational assistant who allegedly started the entire chain of events in the first place.

    As a result of her stress and the need to stay home with her daughter, Leduc is now unable to work, has no place to send her child for the rest of the year, isn’t sure where she’ll go when school begins in September and is seeking legal advice.

    In other words, that fucking psychic and all the other morons involved screwed up the lives of mother and daughter. Well done, eh.

  7. I supose its like the “snowball rolling down the mountin” scene that you sometimes get in cartoons then. Some idiot chucks away a snowball without seeing where it goes and the snowball goes flying down the slope getting ridiculusly huge and enveloping any unfortunate people in its path before crashing and doing the same amount of damage to all the people it picked up. Despicable.  red face

  8. I supose its like the “snowball rolling down the mountin” scene that you sometimes get in cartoons then. Some idiot chucks away a snowball without seeing where it goes and the snowball goes flying down the slope getting ridiculusly huge and enveloping any unfortunate people in its path before crashing and doing the same amount of damage to all the people it picked up.

    So what does Quantum Theory have to do with this??

    Wait…. never mind smile

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