Inspector General Kirby J. Mole
and General Counsel Lynn Hearn
I hardly know whom in the government to appeal to for this problem; I read online the report of Ms. Sheryl S. Steckler that catalogues the deficiencies in the state Child Abuse agency that her inspection revealed. I request that you share this letter with Ms. Steckler.
I filed a charge with the state child abuse-agency via the local
The Attorney General says public-information requests should get an answer in 48 hours. Mr. Sheldon has let several months slide without responding. He is a scofflaw. How does he keep his job one wonders.
I knew Mr. Sheldon when he lived in
Then George hunkered down in
George's high-level position and low level of responsibility makes possible his ignoring child-abuse complaints if it involves higher-level people and instructing the local child-abuse bureau chief to say that the complaint is not the agency's job.
I believe the state can find a better candidate for the important job of head of the child-abuse agency than George Sheldon.
Fortunately, Senator Ronda Storms responded to my request by writing George and asking him to report back to her about what he did to deal with this problem of child abuse in the Hillsborough County public schools. I am grateful for public officials such as Senator Storms. Her war on gays I don't support, but her courage I do. She is one of those rare legislators not afraid to take on unpopular issues and do difficult tasks that others shrink from.
Most people elected to public office become instant weenies, but not Senator Storms.
What I request of your office, gentlepeople, is that you funnel my dilemma to the right person in your agency--or in another agency if that be the case. I am counting on you high-level bureaucrats' doing your job of helping a citizen solve the dilemma I present: abuse of special-needs children in the
I hate disparate treatment of people who offend against such pivotal laws as the child-abuse law: it appears that the child-abuse people think there's one rule for a trailer-park offender; there's another rule for a school board, school superintendent, and her special-needs supervisors. That's not the way democracy is supposed to work.
Pray let me have a response to my request that the child-abuse state apparatus headed by Mr. Sheldon do its job despite its fear of offending powerful abusers of special-needs children such as the board of
Citizens hate when bureaucrats pretend that citizens are non-entities in the scheme of political life, a kind of decorative Greek chorus that is not to be answered or paid attention to except at election time.
I have asked George to set up a meeting with Ms. Elia, the board, and the special-needs supervisors involved: Smiley, Ross, and Morris so that the public can weigh in on this situation and so that the board and administration bear responsibility for the abuse of special-needs children in Hillsborough County.
Pray support this suggestion if you are concerned about the wellbeing of special-needs children. And send Ms. Steckler back to the child-abuse agency to see what George Sheldon is doing if anything.
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C: Senator Ronda Storms
school board and administration,
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse & Neglect
National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse