Should we apologize to the Canadian girl who lied about hijab attack?

Canadians have a reputation for being super nice, and for apologizing for everything.  In most cases that’s great, but not this time. That’s because Danielle S. McLaughlin, Director of Education Emerita of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, is now asking all Canadians (I’m presuming this because her piece was on HuffPo Canada) to apologize to the eleven year old girl who falsely reported an attack by a man who, said the girl, cut up her hijab. (See here and here for my reports on this).  The false report apparently went to the girl’s parents, her school, and then were broadcast in a press conference that included the girl, her parents, and school representatives. 

A police investigation soon revealed that the report was false.  When I wrote about it, I tried to downplay the “guilt” of the girl because she was young, and perhaps troubled—or even did this out of hatred of having to cover herself.  I said this:

Now I’m not going to come down on the girl. She’s only 11, and probably wanted to attract attention, perhaps because she feels marginalized or ignored. She’s young, though the other two cases are less excusable and, in fact, at least one falsely reporting hijabi has been charged with a crime. Those who seem more at fault are the girl’s parents, if they encouraged her to file a report and go public, or, more likely, the political climate in which cutting a hijab appears to be a “hate crime”—far more serious than cutting someone else’s headgear. (I’ve long thought that we should abolish the notion of “hate crimes”.)

The media and Muslim organizations, of course, originally had a field day, as this plays into the “Islamophobia” narrative pushed by many of them. When the girl’s lie was revealed, one human rights advocate was even “saddened” to learn the story was false, which I interpreted as her wishing that it were true. That’s an invidious wish if you don’t want Muslim girls to be attacked.

Who’s to blame here? The girl herself bears part of the blame, and 11-year-olds are not so young that they shouldn’t be rebuked. It’s not clear whether the girl’s parents are to blame, for they surely believed her, and then it would be their duty to report it to the school and the cops.  But if they decided to hold a press conference before the police investigation was done, then that’s on the girl, the parents, and the school. Also responsible are the news organizations and religious groups who reported this as if it were true.

We need to affix blame, or at least call people out, because false reports like this have a bad result:  they promote a “chicken little” effect of making us less likely to believe true reports (and of course there are real hate crimes against Muslims). Blaming and shaming can be deterrents against people making similar false reports. If everyone gets off scot-free, what’s to keep attention seekers and those with an ideological narrative to equate testimony with truth?

Who we shouldn’t blame, however, is ourselves—at least those of us who simply waited to hear what really happened. But Ms. McLaughlin thinks that we—meaning all Canadians, I suppose—owe the girl an apology. Here’s the article (click on the screenshot):

Two excerpts:

There is a reason that our society does not permit children of this age to vote or to sign contracts. They are not fully formed adults. They are on the way to being critical thinking individuals, but they have not yet arrived there. They can make independent choices, and also big mistakes. The Youth Criminal Justice Act treats people under the age of 18 differently from adults. Our laws recognize children as being less culpable than their seniors and expect those who are in trouble with the law to reform and mature as they age.

So don’t be surprised when a scared child is interrogated and comes up with her own personal bogeyman. As for the rest of us? Let’s just get a grip!

. . . Well, was the girl scared? No evidence of that: she came home with an already manufactured story that she later embellished. She wasn’t interrogated for no reason. McLaughlin continues:

Rather than call for an apology (what good would that do?) from the girl and her family, I believe we owe her an apology for not remembering that, even though she is well-spoken, she is still a child. She even told us, although it was while describing her fear at the fictitious attack: “I am a kid.” Exactly.

Sorry, Ms. McLaughlin, but I didn’t see anybody come down hard on the girl; if anything, they blamed the parents and the school. But surely we are not to blame. The people who owe us an apology are the girl, her family, and the organizations that bandied this story about and (with a few exceptions), didn’t chastise anybody (or even issue corrections) when the story turned out to be false. Blame and disapprobation must be affixed to prevent this from happening again. After all, it is in Muslims’ interest to discourage false reports of hate crimes against members of their faith.

What McLaughlin is doing, and what others have done, is turn the girl and her parents into victims. But victims of what? As Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, said:

“When racist, bigoted ‘Islamophobes’ supposedly target Muslims, Muslims are victims. And when Muslims fake ‘Islamophobic hate crimes,’ Muslims are victims. Not only that, but when Muslims scream ‘Allahu akbar’ and murder infidels, Muslims are victims. Always and in every situation, Muslims are victims, to be appeased and accommodated in every possible way.”

Indeed; the victimhood card has been played well by many Muslims, and other groups have taken the lesson. There’s nothing that makes people give you attention, defer to you, and avoid criticizing you than a strong claim that you’re a victim. And indeed, we should listen to genuine victims. Just not to those who fabricate or exaggerate their victimhood.

65 Comments

  1. Kirbmarc
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    If someone needs to apologize to the girl surely it’s the activists and journalists who used her story to peddle the idea that Canada was a hotbed of islamophobia? Also, her school and her parents, too.

  2. steve oberski
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    We are culpable to the extent that we allowed the adults in a position of authority over this girl to use and manipulate her to their own ends.

    For that I am indeed sorry.

  3. glen1davidson
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    She should apologize. She’s not too young for that.

    And Puffho along with the rest of the self-righteous credulous media should apologize to everyone. And go do something useful for once.

    Glen Davidson

    • Posted January 28, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      I agree with Glen. She should apologize to the Muslim community for further bringing negative attention and the greater community or deceit. Then she should highlight realhate crimes against her community with a plea to separate her actions from the terror and pain experienced by real victims.
      Her parents should apologize and reassure her and others that they are working on helping her improve her character and getting to the bottom of why she needs to go to extremes for attention.

      • Posted January 28, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

        *for deceit

      • Posted February 5, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

        I disagree. It is the Muslim community that creates the problem by forcing these rags on the heads of women and girls in violation of the local dress code.

  4. Heather Hastie
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    No, we shouldn’t have to apologize to the girl.

    But I don’t think an 11-year-old should have to make a public apology either. However, I hope she wasn’t just let off the hook behind the scenes.

    It’s a problem that the parents and school went public before all the facts were known. This kind of jumping on the bandwagon is a problem, because it’s rare that the retraction is as big a story as the initial report.

    The media loves it when there’s a child victim to trot out, and they are at fault for spreading this story as if it were true.

    Though what Robert Spencer says is not exactly wrong, it is an exaggeration imo. I think the man is a complete and utter a$$hole. He’s one of those that takes advantage of stories like this to promote bigotry. Thus, even if he’s right, I personally won’t quote from him.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted January 28, 2018 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      Agree here. What should be up front here is that an illegal act was committed and that is false reporting to the police. The apology there should be from the parents of the girl. What the police do about that is their call.

      Making false reports is a really important problem, at least in this country. Right here in Wichita we recently had a man killed by the police at his front door. Why you say did this happen. Some clown called 911 and reported that someone was being held hostage at this address. Ho Ho, so funny.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

        Oh, should say this was SWATTING. A prank played by gamers. Just type in Swatting if you want to read about it.

        • Posted January 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

          Swatting has already resulted in at least one victim being shot dead by police.

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted January 28, 2018 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

            Yes, That is the one I was referring to right here in Wichita.

    • mark
      Posted January 28, 2018 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Heather, do you have a verifiable quote from Robert Spencer that proves he’s a bigot?

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted January 28, 2018 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

        Heather:

        Though what Robert Spencer says is not exactly wrong, it is an exaggeration imo. I think the man is a complete and utter a$$hole. He’s one of those that takes advantage of stories like this to promote bigotry. Thus, even if he’s right, I personally won’t quote from him.

        Notice Mark that Heather did not claim that Robert Spencer is a bigot, you can’t expect her to find a suitable quote to confirm your straw man!

        Stirring up tribalism or racism for political/personal gain is not just a tool of bigots.

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted January 28, 2018 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

        I screwed up badly on this one Mark. I won’t go into the #1 way I screwed up, but you’ve picked up on the #2 way. The truth is I actually got Robert Spencer mixed up with someone else. While his opinions are different to mine, he’s not who I thought he was, and there’s nothing wrong with quoting him. (Not that I’m the final authority on who should be quoted or anything.)

        When I went looking for the quotes I remembered, it turns out they were said by someone else. It’s part of my thing with names and not remembering them, getting them wrong etc.

        So I apologize for my statement. I was wrong.

        • BJ
          Posted January 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

          Don’t worry, I had to think for a moment when I first read his name 😉

          I’m assuming you were thinking of a man named Richard…

          • Heather Hastie
            Posted January 29, 2018 at 8:28 am | Permalink

            Yes.

  5. FB
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    What the girl really deserves is to be treated with respect by her own parents and by every adult. And by that I mean that they all should stop hidding from her a truth that all clhildren deserve: Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and the other religions are just beliefs. I believe that clergy and parents particularly have the moral obligation to constantly make clear that truth to all children.

    • nicky
      Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Yes, that will happen when August the first is in January.
      There is no way a devout Muslim (or Christian, etc) is going to tell his/her children Islam (Christianity, etc) is just a belief.
      I agree they should, but on what planet are you living?

      • FB
        Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

        We could start by asking clergy and religious parents at every proper opportunity this question: do you explain children that Buddhism, Islam or Christianity are just beliefs, right? How often do you do that?

        • FB
          Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

          appropriate

  6. Posted January 28, 2018 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    “I’m just a kid”, forget that. If at her age I would have done that I would get a real good beating from my father and mother and then they would make me go out in shame and say how sorry I was and if I needed another beating from the public, go ahead.
    “I’m just a kid”…Quite smart this little devil, so she shouldn’t give an apology, she should get a good smaking on the behind. And contrary to the other blogger who said something about the media, well the media is there to get ratings, and the little devil gave them the perfect story that fits their narrative, so it’s all on the individual, if she was smart enough to concoct that lie, she has to face the consequences.

    • yazikus
      Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Quite smart this little devil, so she shouldn’t give an apology, she should get a good smaking on the behind.
      Good lord, charlypriest, surely you jest?

      • Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

        No, I’m serious. Not about giving the so called “kid” a beat up, but making her accountable for her actions, if not she’s going to walk around life thinking that she can do whatever she wants and nothing is going to happen to her, wich is actually detrimental to herself.
        Although I pulled that shi..t off in my teans, and my parents are old school, I would get pretty good wacks for doing 1% of what this kid pulled off.

        • Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

          She may or may not think she can get away with it. I don’t think punishments directly create character change in all cases. Most cases it creates anger, shame, guilt and very little reflection.

          She should apologize because it is the balance to the offense. She should learn early the natural consequences and how to be just. She caused harm to a movement that’s trying to get empathy for their cause… she made public false accusations that could have resulted in harm to others… In my opinion, the response to this is to undo publicly what was done publicly and make public apologies to those potentially and possibly harmed.. That is just and fair. To do this at eleven is a great step in the right direction for the formation of her character. Then the onus would be on the public/media to forgive her transgressions because of her age, acknowledge her accountability, and protect her THEREAFTER her apology from any backlash.

          Then her guardians should shoulder some of the responsibility and guide her aright thereafter.

    • Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Quite right, Charly, what we need is a little wisdom from our forebears. If the punishment for perjury of death was good enough for the Hammurabi Law Code, Roman law and French medieval law, it’s good enough for us. Better still, let’s brand a nice big ‘P’ for perjury on the 11 year-old’s forehead That’ll do for the little devil without applause.

      • Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

        I like your sarcasm, did you spend a lot of time comming up with this?
        I’m just saying, in general if kids don’t have a punishment they won’t learn from right or wrong. I don’t think I went that far.

        • Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

          There’s no need to publicly shame a pre-teen for lying in public: that, by the way, was another medieval punishment for lying. She is only 11 years old. Her own moral sense will be gnawing at her now – unless she is an out-and-out sociopath. All we can hope is that her parents – whose role in this incident remains obscure – humanely and age-appropriately point out the trouble she has caused. Her own sense of shame will challenge her own inner dialogue. It would not be a good outcome to break a child’s own amour propre for a foolish mistake. Public shaming would do that.

          • Posted January 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

            I’m not a psychologist, but anyways we agree to disagree. You’re not going to change my opinion nor am I going to change yours. So it’s really pointless to keep on going round and round with the conversation.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 28, 2018 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Corporal punishment, perhaps in the form of a public beating administered by strangers, for an eleven year-old?

      Is “priest” your name or occupation?

      • Posted January 28, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

        Priest, it’s both, just take a look at my blog.
        You know just 50 slashes across the back….no biggie.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted January 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

          It’s not “both” – you are Priest by name only & not occupation. Unless of course an ex-pat American in Spain/Catalonia thieving from supermarkets & proudly having fist fights with Moroccans are just your ‘ironic’ blog fantasies – and you really ARE a priest. Whatever the grimy truth is please don’t have more kids.

          • Posted January 29, 2018 at 3:22 am | Permalink

            I already have two and they are both marrocans

          • Posted January 29, 2018 at 3:25 am | Permalink

            the next one is one the way, they are twins, and they come from….forgot, and no I’m not proud of fistfights with marrocans, but they are in this very samll town selling drugs and taking from us Spaniards, so I dont mind getting my head beat up if I can get a couple of them real thieves and selling drugs, no problemo amigo

          • Posted January 29, 2018 at 3:30 am | Permalink

            By the way a/hole, I forgot, there is more to my blog, and a bunch of people like it, and actually care about me and what I say, so let me begin and…. fin

          • Posted January 29, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink

            I’ m a neo head bold head racist…please ask me why? getting bored now, but….. you do know that if you keep with your trolling or being a troll, wakamoll? I’ll destroy you with words, no phisical thing, just words, and you think you know me…….not too smart on your part, come on come on!!! yeeeeeeeeeeeha! he he, stupid dumb ass, insulting me to “have no more kids” you are the trolls if you don’t realisse it, but tell me again why I’m a racist? And the Marrocan that is a great worker and actually gives me jobs here and there will probably kick your dumb ass,
            come on my baby bitch, comment, weren’t you too happy to comment against me when I never comment to you? Lets go now, don’t worry though, I became a pacifist, so if you show up I’ll onlu slap you around instead of other things….. yep,being to the police today, so be a man and step up to your writing world….punk, “don’t have any more children” that was your comment, very good, instead of insulting can you write about facts? NO, so here we go then, I do not let anybody and that is in my home town wich I have been in the hospital 2 times because of fighting, so never fuck with me, I will stab you….. hhaaaa, kidding, your just a dumb punk behind the computer, now I’m going out to see “my world” and is not pretty.
            Stay Frosty gent. Although to tell the truth I would like to get my hand or knife on you, kkidding…………….or not

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted January 29, 2018 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

              Like I said – please don’t have kids. Your own words condemn you.

              • Posted January 29, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

                You know me? No. My best friend and my mothers is a marrocan, he knows me since I was 10 or 11 or 12, point being this man is a guardener who my mother employed, hard working man and his son also, and he is the one that now in Spain, and I’m not an ex patriot from the US, I lived half my life there,and I do understand you people, sorry my friend, so this marrocan guy knows me since i was a kid and now since money wise I’m fuked up he is the one who gives me jobs here and there, and when i got with the other marrocans untill I had my fucking face looking like the elphant man, he and his kid, wich he is 18 and and in a millisecond he’ll kick your ass, they saw my face 15 stiches total, they got me and told me who did it, at first I didn’t say nothing, and after some time with me we got into the car and him, yes my marrocan dad my friend, told the others and other things…. so now i got no problems, never in your condemn words, think that you know me and what we are capable off, just saying………ya knoooow!! he he, dummy, never insinuate that I’m a racist,
                been in the Spanish Legion and that is no joke and lived a l,ife that you would never have a clue what is like, apart from that, again, if you insinuate one more time, and tell me things like ” I hope you don’t have more childs”, I will take action on you.
                Fucking troll you are, go to work or something

              • Posted January 29, 2018 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

                you’re at home with a radiotor so comfy, I’m cold as an eskimol in this shit of room, at least I ‘m not in the streets though, so that is a plus
                you did piss me off my friend, and i don’t have much to loose, but fortunately while Im freezing my ass off in this piece of shit of town, I do have the computer wich if I had to fight for so they wouldn’t steal it, so no my man, just give me something, give it punk

              • Posted January 29, 2018 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

                Forgot.
                Fuck that little idiot of canadian woman, actually I myseld will kick her little 11 year ass.
                Tough love, my parents if I did that shit…..woooooha, the beating I would get, so fuck that stupid shit, all you punks, and not only you but all the people that agree with you, I’m in a crusade……ha

  7. Malgorzata
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    sub

  8. yazikus
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    The girl will live with this her whole life, and I hope she takes with her a lesson about the gravity and harm with which her story is used/ will be used against her community. I don’t think anyone owes anyone a public apology except those who promoted the story without the facts being in. Shameful negligence.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      “The girl will live with this her whole life…”

      She might, in fact, turn it into a career.

    • Posted January 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      And yet she’s anonymous; so nobody else will know. Millions of people manage to overcome their youthful transgressions without any nagging remorse and I suspect that she will be no different.

      • Posted January 28, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        She’s not anonymous; her name is readily available on the internet. I even gave it at one point, but when it turned out to be a hoax, I stopped using it as it would simply prompt people to go after her privately.

  9. nicky
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I think the possibility that Jerry referred to, that she wants to blend in, and not exclude herself by wearing the Hijab, is not taken seriously enough. (Kind of convincing her parents allowing her not to wear the hijab, because dangerous).
    I think it is worthwhile to get to the bottom of this.
    Was the girl just crying wolf, or is there something deeper behind it? (note, it could also be a case of a brainwashed girl practising Taqiyya, we simply don’t know).
    One thing is perfectly clear, nobody owes her an apology, only her parents, if (IF) she was set up to do this.
    And she, and Huffpo and Trudeau owe us, the general public, an apology.

    • Posted January 28, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      I used to think that this was unlikely, but it’s a view that seems more credible to me each time I think about it. But who knows?

  10. qp83
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    The girl is 11 years old. From her point of view the lie wasn’t anything worse than what most 11 year olds lie about.

    If you remove the religiousity of it, and just imagine a girl coming home saying someone cut her hat. It would be a non story. How could an 11 year old know this would happen?

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      “How could an 11 year old know this would happen?”

      Good one!

    • Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      That’s why she needs to be held accountable. So she understands to the full extent what happens when you tell a public lie of such a magnitude. Now she knows the difference and the consequence.

    • Laurance
      Posted January 28, 2018 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      Uhhh, I’m an old lady now and my daughter is a middle-aged woman. But reading this is giving me a flashback.

      I dunno about 11-year-old kids…I’m thinking back now, and I’m remembering that by age 11 my daughter had more street smarts and skills than I’ll ever have. I was gobsmacked by how sharp she was.

      I have no idea at all if this Muslim girl compares with my daughter to any extent at all. All I’m doing is remembering that one 11-year-old girl way back when was not just some innocent and ignorant child. She was quite capable of manipulation. (And I’m happy to say that she has grown into an ethical and sensible middle-aged adult.)

  11. Posted January 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    This time, a yellow press journalist wants everyone to apologize for sensationalism. Recently, the Pope tweeted “There is no such thing as harmless disinformation; trusting in falsehood can have dire consequences”, which was well received by Peter S., a Catholic butcher in Birmingham, who adds “also, we need to be more compassionate with animals”.

    They aren’t wrong.

  12. Taz
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know why the girl did it. Perhaps it was just one of those small acts of rebelliousness most children engage in – maybe someone said “I dare you”. I imagine at this point she probably just wants it to go away.

    Not so fast – here comes Danielle McLaughlin to drag the carcass of the story back into the public eye to see if just can glean just a little more meat from the bones.

    What a vulture.

  13. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Jesus Ache, I don’t think anyone should apologize to the little miscreant, but I think there’s more room here for mercy and dispensation than some of my fellow commenters might allow. The milk of human kindness seems a bit curdled this fine Sunday.

  14. a-non
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Given that they called a press conference to announce the hoax, I think that she, and her parents, should be asked to apologise equally publicly: a similar conference, with a similar amount of news coverage.

    Only this time, the talking heads can remind everyone not of other cases of islamaphobia, but of other such “hate hoaxes”.

    And then the police should grill the parents a bit, to find out how much of this was an 11 year old’s imagination (or, as has been suggested, an 11 year old’s cry for help from inside a cult?) and how much was the parents’ doing. If the latter, they should be charged.

  15. Craw
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Well you know, I think the conclusion-jumpers like HuffPo and most of the media do owe her an apology. They clearly owe the rest of us one, but her too. Had they been honest, diligent,responsible they would not have run with her story. Part of being a responsible adult is understanding how this might not be reliable and how making her the focus of attention might be bad not just for society but for her. When my kid screwed up or lied I looked for ways to make it easier for him to correct things. The conclusion jumpers did just the opposite.
    Normal Canadians, the ones hoodwinked, do not owe her an apology though.

  16. chris moffatt
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    McGlaughlin asks “When did we assign this level of attention to a child’s stories?”

    Answer: whenever it fits our pomo ultraleft narrative.

    My question is “what really happened that an eleven year old comes home with such a story in the first place? Was it suggested to her by some other party and for what reason?”. Lots of other questions suggest themselves….

  17. Posted January 28, 2018 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think an apology is owed to this girl. I am more concerned that she learn the consequences of lying in a less radical way than she did through HuffPo and the others who blew the lie out of proportion.

    Lying of some children has at times ruined the lives of other children and, sometimes, adults. Untrue accusations of child abuse or molestation in the second case,for example.

    And, although it wasn’t a lie but an action, a teenage boy from Vancouver, WA caused a huge part of the massive fall 2017 fire in the Columbia Gorge on the Oregon side by throwing firecrackers into tinder dry plants. Hikers were cut off and couldn’t make it back down the trail, had to stay out overnight, be rescued the next day and taken out by a different route. In addition to the loss of timber, historical landmarks were damaged, and the danger of rock slides, timber falls and mudslides were caused. I don’t recall the amount of personal property damage. After the initial report, if anything happened to correct the boy, I didn’t see it reported.
    What should be done in a case like this?

    What about computer-savvy youngsters who hack? What should be done about them?

    I don’t advocate the abuse of children, but I do believe that parents and society have a responsibility to instruct children about appropriate behavior to minimize potential hazards to other individuals and society.

    • Posted January 28, 2018 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      Even though I have nuanced disagreements with your position, this was well stated.

  18. Posted January 29, 2018 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    I think the article is just fine and correct as long as you interpret the “we” that it constantly refers to as the journalists from Huff Po. We did not bow this thing up out of all proportion, neither did the girl or her family, they did.

    The Huff Po definitely owes her an apology. I think they owe us one as well.

  19. Posted January 29, 2018 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think we should apologize to the girl except in one respect, in a way. 11 year olds are often at the “must fit in” stage that many of us go through. I think it is important to look to see how she interacts with her peers. There’s a chance this is a “cry for help” and we shouldn’t get too outraged because it wasn’t what she claimed it was. (Her parents, by contrast, are in a different situation.)

  20. Posted January 29, 2018 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    There is a thing called wasting police time with false reports, and there is no exemption for minors or hijabees.
    The 11 year old should be prosecuted, if only to teach her a lesson and to remind others with similar intentions to be very, very careful.
    And since it’s quite obvious that an 11 year old cannot come up with the idea of holding a press conference, the adults who led her into the error should also be prosecuted. I believe the school authorities and the girl’s relatives are in line for a sharp lesson.
    This was not a minor incident. It made headlines all over Canada and in many distant places all over the world, and certainly did some harm to Canada’s reputation as a multicultural country.
    That child should be on her knees apologising to Canada, and especially to the Asians, since she fabricated an Asian as the alleged attacker. I would like to know what punishment she has received for her offence from her family, from the Muslim community, and from the school she attended.


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