Police visited an 11-year-old’s home after her school complained about a Facebook group she set up criticising her headmistress.OUTRAGE! Free speech! State interference! Waste of valuable police time!
Oh, wait. Maybe not that last one...
Her parents Andrew and Joy Bagguley said they feared one of their daughters had been involved in an accident when they saw the Police Community Support Officer on their doorstep.So, not a real police officer at all. Hmmm, maybe this case doesn't deserve those screaming 'MAIL' headlines?
The group, called Hate Mrs Frost, attracted 16 members before it was taken down by her parents when the school then attended by both the girls – Park Hall Primary in Stoke-on-Trent – told them about it.Now, I'm not a BookFace user, but I guess 16 members isn't all that hard to come by? And the parents - rightly - took it down. So, why the fuss?
The following week a PCSO knocked at their door to advise that Leah, who was a prefect at the school, was too young to be on the site – which has a minimum age limit of 13.Clearly, the place is a paradise with no known crime to speak of, so the authorities have nothing better to do that enforce the EULA of social media sites...
The couple, who also have a 13-year-old daughter, admit Leah was wrong to set up the page, but said it would never have been posted if the school had properly dealt with the boy who they claim threatened to stab Libby.Too busy informing the state apparatus when they see something they don't like on the Internet, clearly. Or indulging in a little character assassination when cornered by the media:
The boy was admonished by a learning mentor, but they say the school informed his parents only when pushed to do so.
A spokesman for Park Hall said: ‘Mr Bagguley’s complaints have been exhaustively investigated on numerous occasions.’Translation: 'Oh, these people again..? They're a damned nuisance, don't you know? We're too busy for all this...'
Police said the visit in April followed a complaint to the force by the school.Because these days, if a complaint is made, no matter how frivolous, the police are duty-bound to 'do something about it'...
Mrs Bagguley, 46, who trains nurses at Keele University, said: ‘They're treating an 11-year-old girl like an adult carrying out a hate crime.Yes, it's the technology, clearly. Let's blame that.
‘It was a silly mistake that children used to write on their notebook, but it's the technology we have these days.’
It's not the fault of an educational system that seems to be run by squabbling children, rather than for them. It's not the fault of parents who run to the media as soon as something doesn't go their way. It's not the fault of a police service so debased it has to react to every little crisis and call as if it were a solvable social problem.
Clearly, it's the technology. It's advanced, you see. Whereas we've stagnated.