People too quick to judge without knowing all the facts

People too quick to judge without knowing all the facts

Public misconceptions make the right for privacy all the more important

My comment is in agreement with Warren Goulding’s article of Nov. 8, regarding The Right to Privacy.

I would like to draw attention to his particular sentence about some members of the public who “spew their rumours and conjectures in the most vile manner imaginable.”

The reason for drawing attention to this sentence is because this is precisely what happened to the parents of Efua, the six-year-old girl hit by the C-train in Calgary (article in Nov. 15 of the Chemainus Valley Courier).

Within hours, rumours were circulating that Efua was walking alone to school (unaccompanied by an adult). The questions started flying, “How could a parent let a six-year-old girl walk alone to school? Where were the parents?”

People were already talking about the need for Social Services to be involved for child neglect. As a result, this very grieving father of Efua came on TV within 24 hours to explain the circumstances around the fatal death of his darling daughter.

Like he said, “I laid on the floor and cried all night.” My article of Nov. 15 states the circumstances as the devastated father shared them.

Kathleen Kelly

Chemainus