November 25, 2008

Girl Scouts: On the Wrong End of A Smoking Gun.

In a previous post, you learned of a Wisconsin troop “ousting” a little girl on the spectrum.  You also got to read my feelings about this event.

I was peeved and have since calmed down.  The picture that had been painted for me by The Journal-Sentinel wasn’t a pretty one.  I saw autism and rejection in the same sentence, and I think I may have blacked out from all the red I was seein’.

I had a few commenters that shed some light on the situation.  One was mean and was quickly dealt with while another, D. Kirk, in particular, blew the doors wide open for me.

Ask and you shall receive.

I wanted to learn more about this situation, and he kindly informed me (by way of another comment) that more had come through the grapevine.

The Other Side” to this unfortunate event has been aired by WTMJ Newsman, Jeff Walker.

Through Jeff, we hear from a parent who was there.  This parent originally sent her letter to the Journal-Sentinel, but it was rejected for lengthiness.

Y’gotta love new media and it’s “the sky’s the limit” attitude, because Jeff has kindly printed out her letter for all to see.

My only “problem” was with paragraph 2:

It is unfortunate that Magi’s parents have decided to use the media as a means to publicly discuss their daughter’s diagnosis of autism and how they think it relates to a Girl Scout troop created for girls with special needs. What they hope to gain from this could have been accomplished by a more practical, honest, and less public means.

“publicly discuss their daughter’s diagnosis of autism and how they think it relates to a Girl Scout troop created for girls with special needs”?

What’s that suppose to mean?  Totally shoulda been worded differently.

{deep breath} Letting it go.

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