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The abusive power of the state hits kids

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 11/8/2013 (1208 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Re: Mennonite kids close to going home (Aug. 8). As a veteran of more than 25 years serving on abuse investigation committees, I am thoroughly appalled at the way in which this Old Order community has been treated.

Why was it not possible to obtain court orders to remove the alleged offenders until their innocence or guilt was proved? Why punish the children, ripping them from a familiar culture, even from the breast that fed some of them? Would that have been too humane for a ham-handed, often ill-trained system, which often does more harm than good?

Members of a traditional Mennonite community travel by horse and buggy.

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L. Dale Guy

Winnipeg

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