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  •  Harm can mean neglect too. (2+ / 0-)
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    KayCeSF, tharu1

    If the kid is in the sun day in, day out, unprotected by sun, that's not healthy. If his parents are in dire straits and can't afford decent clothing that fits so he'll wear it, that a concern too. How is a passer-by to know?  If I drive by once, I wouldn't inquire. If its a daily pattern, I'd be concerned.

    Stopping by the local neighborhood police precinct to inquire doesn't do harm. It could do a lot of good.

    I used to be a  Mandatory Reporter . The whole point was that it wasn't up to us to make the determination what was abuse or neglect,  but to leave it to those who could investigate. Yes, that has time and location limitations as to the "mandatory-ness." But many/most of us would still prefer to report and be wrong than not report and be wrong.

    Citizens at large (at least in the states I've lived) are encouraged to report and let authorities take a look. Better to protect our most vulnerable citizens even if it causes some  inconvenience to their parents and caregivers. If this child has special needs, he (and his proclivity to run nude) is already in the system.  No need to mock well-intentioned citizens doing what we've been told to do: looking out for the least among us.

    The snotty comments in this diary, especially those suggesting some sort of untoward behavior by the diarist, are really out of line.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Tue May 07, 2013 at 09:49:44 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you grover. (1+ / 0-)
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      tharu1

      All you said, kiddo.

      I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

      by KayCeSF on Tue May 07, 2013 at 09:51:01 AM PDT

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    •  the diarist was repeatedly informed this issue (0+ / 0-)

      and this child were ok.

      By the police, who knew about it.
      By CPS, who knew about it.

      The diarist was also approached by a parent or guardian on the property and refused to ask the questions they are so concerned about.

      There is ZERO evidence this child is being neglected or abused.

      Seeking out approval for refusing to accept the information given by the police, CPS and refusing to discuss the issue with the parent - that's not concern, it's busybodying.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:08:34 PM PDT

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