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Reader comment on item: Something Rotten in Denmark?

Submitted by Eric (United States), Aug 28, 2002 at 03:23

What's really sad about what's going on is the inability for the Danish authorities to protect children in school. I can't imagine being a parent who has just been told by a public school principal that, "she could not guarantee their children's safety and were advised to attend another institution" just because of the religion of the child.

Can you imagine in the United States a Principal in 2002 saying to African American parents that "she could not guarantee their children's safety and were advised to attend another institution" because the child is black? Would that be acceptable? Would it be more acceptable because the child is Jewish?

The day it is acceptable for government institutions to abdicate responsibility for protecting all children in their society is the day that the government must re-evaluate the reason for its existence. It seems clear that the principal and local police were unwilling to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the children they are supposed to protect.

Just my 2 cents.

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