Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Are You Serious?" Awards - Volume LX: The Human Dignity For All Edition

Writing this piece each week can get pretty heavy.  After all, the intent from the series inception back in January of 2014 was to point out "good bad examples" in hopes of shining the light on violations of human dignity made against those with special needs.  Suffice it to say that we never run out of examples of behavior to avoid.  In fact, some of you even e-mail these stories to me as recommended fuel for future posts.  It's sad, but as long as we live in a sinful world, there will be myriad breaches of decency against those we love with special needs, chronic illnesses, and disabilities.

Nevertheless, we should never stop pushing against this darkness.  This week's "winner" evoked a variety of visceral responses in me, motivating this piece.

While being a very young mother can account for some vulnerability and lack of knowledge, we find our winner in need of MAJOR mentoring and help with parenting skills.  It seems a young Scottish mother recently found police at her door after closing her 2 year old with Down Syndrome in a front-loading washing machine, snapping a photo of it, and posting it on social media.

Are you SERIOUS?!

The 21 year old mother claims that her child climbed inside the washer himself, which she also states was unplugged.  She merely posted the photo "for a laugh."  Subsequently, she was indignant that police would not let her know who called them to check on the well-being of her son.
Not even my pet would get closed in a laundry machine "for a laugh."
What this young lady may not realize is just how little it takes for a child to be traumatized.  While I cannot tell from the photo if this child was crying or struggling to get out of the washer, I can tell you that childhood trauma is a horrible, pervasive problem with our special kids.  She also may not realize how much dignity she stole from that little boy for a quick, cheap laugh online.  When we put such photos out in the public domain, they can and will be used to mock every person with a disability.  There are some tremendously rotten people who take great delight in creating malicious memes using images of those with disabilities and cognitive challenges.

Given the wider lack of regard for human dignity in our culture, as evidenced by the horrific Planned Parenthood expose videos that keep coming forth, I suppose it should come as little surprise that this young lady had such disregard for the dignity of her own son.  However, affirming human worth should begin at home, through the voices of parents who value their children.  Furthermore, it behooves each of us to come alongside young parents, supporting and encouraging them, so they aren't making ugly, unfortunate blunders like this.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9, NIV)

~ Barb Dittrich

*Source:  A Mom Posted a Photo of a Toddler With Down Syndrome In a Washing Machine ‘For a Laugh’

1 comment:

  1. Agreed, my sense of humor can be fairly warped, weird, and dark sometimes - but some things are never funny, and a kiddo (special needs, NT, any kid) at risk of being seriously injured or traumatized is one of them.