Do We No Longer Trust The Authorities..?

Last night head teacher Hilary Eade said rigorous checks had confirmed there were no problems with the school’s boiler or gas supply and said the school would open as usual today.

A doctor called in to assess the situation said the sudden outbreak of illness was most likely to have been caused by a virus.

Really? Fast acting (and fast dissipating) virus!

Sounds more like a case of mass hysteria to me, like the panics often documented by ‘Fortean Times’. But no doubt the doc decided it wasn’t politic to suggest that…

But some parents said they were not satisfied that the school was safe for their children to return and told the Post they would not be sending them in today.

Oh boy. Here we go!

Dr Cowburn said children had been tested for carbon monoxide levels and found they were “not significantly elevated”. But he said he was unable to completely rule out the presence of carbon monoxide at the school because he was not an expert.

One parent asked him if he would send his child back to the school given the circumstances and he answered that he would.

But Amy Bennett, 27, and Shane Danter, 42, of Coalpit Heath, did not want their five-year-old daughter Shaya (Ed: sic *sigh*) to go to school today.

Ms Bennett said: “She’s not going to school, not without enough information. Who’s to say she won’t be ill when she’s there? What if another 30-odd children are ill?

“It’s not like they could be sure it was a stomach bug. It’s not like they know what caused it.

“I won’t be sending her to school until they are 100 per cent sure.”

Is asking for 100% surety ever reasonable? If the carbon monoxide levels in the school have been ruled out as a cause, shouldn’t that be enough?

Mr Danter said: “I don’t think it’s right for the kids to go to school. That many kids don’t just get sick for no reason and it hasn’t been limited to one class.

Parent Catherine Fennell, who has two children at the school, said: “I am not terribly keen on sending my children back because we don’t know for sure what happened. When so many children fall ill, and are not from one class, it makes you very nervous.”

Another mum, who asked not to be named said: “I don’t know what to think. We are all discussing whether our children should go back. I don’t think we will be sending ours back because we have not been told categorically what happened.”

It does seem as though the authorities’ desire to be circumspect here and not raise the spectre of mass hysteria has lead to them shooting themselves in the foot. These parents know something’s up with the official story, but they don’t know quite what.

But isn’t it also a worrying sign that fewer people are now willing to believe the official story?

12 comments for “Do We No Longer Trust The Authorities..?

  1. July 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

    “isn’t it also a worrying sign that fewer people are now willing to believe the official story?”

    Actually I find it quite gratifying. Now I am not suggesting hysteria but thiking for yourself is the way forward. Why not simply say to the school

    “Okay we will buy some CO monitors (available cheaply at hardware stores) and twice a day a nominated parent will come in and check them with you Mr Headmaster. Any elevated signs and little Kayvon, Shayla and Chlamidia will be on their toes double quick”

    “One parent asked him if he would send his child back to the school given the circumstances and he answered that he would”

    Five will get you ten his kids don’t go there and answering such concepts in the abstract is easy.

    • July 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

      “but thiking for yourself”

      Of course ‘thiking’ for yourself is only useful if you can use a spell-check 🙄

    • Ed P
      July 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Perhaps little Chlamidia gave them the infection? 😀

      • July 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

        You won’t believe this but a doctor friend of mine reports that is in fact the name some fuckwits gave to their child.

        • Peter MacFarlane
          July 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

          A couple of classics from north of the border:

          Twins called Armani and Versace McLatchie

          A girl called Pocahontas McGonagle

          These are genuine names of real actual children.

          As one has to say – you couldn’t make it up.

  2. July 23, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I think mistrust of the authorities in general is a good thing, it’s not like they are particularly trustworthy after all.
    In this case though, yes, mass hysteria does appear to be the cause and a careful check of the doctors statement would have been enough for me, not the word of the school headmistress.

  3. Chuckles
    July 23, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Certainly mass hysteria on the part of the staff, emergency services and parents.
    Seems best to just close the school until they all come to their senses.

  4. Tom
    July 23, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Trusting the authorities is the first sign of madness.

  5. July 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

    The problem is that the authorities are not just addicted to lying but are also frequently incompetent. So it’s not a virus and not CO, maybe hysteria, maybe something a farmer spayed the day before, who knows. If there isn’t a tick box for it they won’t look that way.

  6. July 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Or sprayed even…

  7. David A. Evans
    July 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    How many teachers were taken ill?


  8. Furor Teutonicus
    July 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Tell them to relax. It is only a mild outbreak of leigionaires. It will all be over by Christmas.

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