Hi Readers — Even before my morning coffee, I have to throw this one up (as it were): A “dinner lady” — which we here in the States call a “lunch lady” — gave a boy an extra “biscuit” (i.e., cookie). And for THAT she was accused of possibly “grooming” him for later lascivious activities. According to The Belfast Telegraph:
Her ordeal began in January 2008 when she was working as unit catering supervisor at St Mary’s PS in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh. A pupil at the school, who was also a relative, asked for a biscuit and Mrs Lavery told a catering assistant who was serving biscuits at the time to give one to the child.
The next day, however, the acting principal came to the kitchen and informed Mrs Lavery that under the Child Protection Act, her actions could be seen as “grooming a child”.
She ended up having to attend three meetings and the principal wanted her to attend a fourth. She stopped working at the school and says she endured two years of living under a cloud, even though the school never formally accused her of near-pedophilia, or whatever the charge would be.
So, bakers of the world beware! Those little cookies you give to kids COULD be construed as sickening come-ons from now on, thanks to “worst first” thinking: Immediately jumping to the conclusion that something that SEEMS innocent and normal is probably actually perverted and disgusting. A lovely way to look at the world, and cookies. — Lenore
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