After school officials suggested her severely autistic daughter was being abused because a psychic told them so, mom Colleen Leduc had the perfect scientific smack-down: 24/7 GPS records of her daughter's location, with audio.
Leduc equipped 11-year old, non-verbal Victoria with a GPS device that never stops recording – evidence that demonstrated the allegations could not possibly be true.
Leduc's nightmare began in May, when after picking her daughter up from an Autistic Spectrum Disorder class, she was summoned back to LIvigstone East school by an urgent call. From the Barrie Examiner:
Frightened, Leduc rushed back to the school. She and Victoria entered a room where they were met by the principal, the vice-principal and the teacher. Leduc said they advised her that Victoria's educational assistant (EA) had visited a psychic, who said a youngster whose name started with "V" was being sexually abused by a man between 23 and 26 years old. Leduc was also handed a list of recent behaviours exhibited by her daughter.
Dr. Lindy Zaretsky, the school board superintendent and who brings a shining new light to the phrase "jobsworth," claims they were obliged to initiate investigations. The investigator assigned to the case, however, immediately closed it and described it as "ridiculous."
Dr. Zaretsky, you are obliged to not be stupid.
Leduc says that reports from psychics shouldn't be grounds for investigations.
"A, I don't believe in psychics. B, (Victoria) is not around people who are those ages (mentioned by the psychic)," she said. "C, she has GPS with a listen-in device. And D, it's an insult to me as a parent because I'm so diligent with her and who she's around.""
Astonishingly, the board stands by its decision, even though the information came from a psychic and appears to be false. They would do it again. The allegations will remain on file forever.
"I think they require more education about dealing with an autistic child," Leduc told the Examiner.
Psychic's charge of abuse leaves Barrie mom fuming