posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 10:56 PM
I held off contributing to this thread for a while, because I was angry, and I wasn't entirely convinced that cages were beyond pale, in certain
situations. I actually thought there might just be a clinical explanation for the use of cages.
However, I had a discussion with a tenant of mine this evening, she's an employee for a DSS type organization in the state of MA. She is of the
opinion that there is absolutely no reason to ever keep children in cages. In the state of MA even restraints are forbidden, except by hospital staff
Cages would be a very serious violation of child abuse laws in this state.
Now, the lack of blankets and pillows is inexcusable, because there are special items one can purchase that can't be torn or eaten. This was,
presumably, the parents 'concern' for their children.
This could be a situation where the parents did what they could in a difficult situation, doing the best they could with the knowledge they had. This
is giving them the benefit of the doubt, which I am no longer prepared to concede this couple.
Like I said, I held off for a while because my initial reaction was angry, and I didn't want to crucify the parents if they were, indeed,
well-intentioned or following a doctor's orders.
However, I am pretty much convinced now that this is not the case. The people in question took advantage of the system, mistreated the children in
their care, and whatever excuses they manufacture, one must consider the facts of the case. There were children in the house, in cages, without
These conditions are not acceptable. Whatever the parents thought they were doing, they were, in fact, being abusive. If the parents couldn't
handle all 11 with compassion and sensitivity, they should have been caring for fewer children.
I could have said the same exact thing two days ago, but I waited, and talked the situation over with someone with experience in these matters. She
confirmed my suspicions, and said, in no uncertain terms, there is no place for cages in a child's life. Bottom line, point-blank, period.
[edit on 18-9-2005 by WyrdeOne]