Not only that it has been replaced by the omnipotent ‘procedure’ but we have already been conditioned to accept this as being OK.
OK, we are all humans and mistakes happen all the time. But as individuals we have an obligation to ourselves to act humanely and not like soulless automata. Not one of the two guys who signed the check was curious enough to find out why the government was sending 1 (one) cent to somebody… I wonder if any of them had actually understood what was going on or they signed it just because somebody told them ‘the whole matter was being dealt with in full compliance with the relevant regulations’?
Can you figure out how things could get this far?
“A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a female student–dressed only in a swimsuit, and sopping wet–to stand outside in the freezing cold for ten minutes. As a result, she suffered frostbite.
It was 5 degrees below zero in St. Paul that day. With the windchill, it was 25 degrees below zero.
Hagen-Tietz asked to wait inside an employee’s car, or at the elementary school across the street. But administrators believed that this would violate official policy, and could get the school in trouble, so they opted to simply let the girl freeze.
Her fellow classmates, at least, huddled around her to try to keep her warm. And one teacher did eventually lend her a coat.”
But wait to see her mother’s reaction:
“Eva Tietz told National Review that the school was wrong to put a wet, unclothed kid out in the cold.
“Immediately, when they had seen that, they should have had some kind of protocol,” she said in a statement.
Tietz also noted that she would have been arrested for doing such a thing to her child.
“If I had a fire and brought my children out in that condition, you know, I’m sure I would be charged in some way or another if I didn’t instantly bring them into a neighbor’s house or someplace else,” she said, according to WCCO”
She even proposed a remedy:
And the school district promptly “issued a statement saying only that it routinely reviews such policies.”
Please notice that what had started as an article about a child being forced to stay outside practically naked in freezing temperatures by a bunch of inept teachers has ended as a dispute about ‘protocols’ and ‘policies’.
What happened to common sense? Do we need ‘protocols’ for absolutely everything now?
What happened to the rest of the people present there, beside the ‘stickler’ who was ‘in charge’ and who needed 10 (ten) full minutes to grasp the situation?
What could have happened to a mother whose child has been left out to freeze to make her ask for ‘better policies’ instead of her yelling at the top of her lungs: ‘Act sensibly, for God’s sake!’