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  •  Right, because "protocols" are the ONLY thing (16+ / 0-)

    that matters when the child is standing right in FRONT OF YOU, HUNGRY.

    "Get outta here kid. I'll turn your hungry little face into the system and maybe you can eat next month."  

    Sounds like the sort of bureaucratic response an orphanage in a Dicken's novel would supply.  

    Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity:

    "Please, sir, I want some more."

    The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupefied astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds; and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralysed with wonder; the boys with fear.

    "What!" said the master at length, in a faint voice.

    "Please, sir," replied Oliver, "I want some more."

    The master aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle; pinioned him in his arms; and shrieked aloud for the beadle.

    The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr. Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,

    "Mr. Limbkins, I beg your pardon, sir! Oliver Twist has asked for more!"

    There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance.

    "For more!" said Mr. Limbkins. "Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after he had eaten the supper allotted by the dietary?"

    "He did, sir," replied Bumble.

    "That boy will be hung," said the gentleman in the white waistcoat. "I know that boy will be hung."

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 09:54:41 AM PST

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    •  I don't believe I (0+ / 0-)

      said or implied that protocols are the only thing that matter. After I wrote my comment it came out that the lady worked for a private provider and not the school itself. My point was directed at all those people who were lashing out at the school admins and was really only that when one side of a story is given often there are circumstances that make the fault either not nearly as egregious or that it is directed at the wrong target.

      My discussion of protocols was only one of many possibilities and I gave it to show that it is not hard to imagine that there is more to the story.  As it turns out there was more than was apparent at the time of my comment, the school itself was not the ones that did the firing.

      My comments were intended as a caution against assigning blame with insufficient information, especially with any reportage that has the Fox logo appended. They might have saved the school a lot of grief by clearly stating that the problem had to do with private providers and not the school. I don't know if it is just a coincidence that a Fox affiliate failed to reveal facts that would put privatization in a bad light but perhaps not.  

      The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

      by Pirogue on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 02:30:38 PM PST

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