Lenore Skenazy's latest column highlights why not to "see something, say something"--and a story from my long career!

Read Reason.com for Lenore Skenazy's latest take on why we are overdoing "see something say something"  responses to situations that involve children who have disabilities.  As Lenore eloquently explains, we're just hurting kids.   I'm extensively quoted because the story she highlights about the humiliating and oppressive experience of a family that took their autistic son out for a day in the park was very reminiscent of the story of James Redlin in the Dupuy II hearing in 2000.

When  by a nosy passenger who made an anonymous call to child protection authorities when James and his son went on Metra to see dinosaurs at the Field Museum,  the Redlin family was threatened, intiminated and had their summer plans entirely ruined by a child protective services safety plan that required Redlin's disabled wife to supervise all of his interactions with his son for months before the case was deemed "unfounded." 

There are over 2,000,000 children ever year who had Hotline calls that the authorities themselves amount to nothing,  except that the families who are their victims are terrified and traumatized. Parents need freedom to raise their kids without fearing what a federal court has called the "awesome coercive intervention" of the State.

 

Diane Redleaf