How I became involved in the Amanda Palmer case – and how you can help

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How I became involved in the Amanda Palmer case – and how you can help

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About my story

I am unable to identify the school or school district in which I work. On 18 December 2016, I received an email asking me to speak at the meetings I had with parents about the treatment of children with autism, behaviour-modification treatments, mental health and intellectual disability at the school district I work for. I sent a request to attend the next meeting on 13 January but was told that there was not a scheduled meeting for that day.

In March 2017, I received a request to speak at the school district’s “strategic school-wide listening event”. I replied to say that I could not attend at that time, as I was testifying in a judicial inquest into the death of Amanda Palmer, a teenager who was killed by her father after years of physical and emotional abuse. I was asked to continue attending the sessions.

My continued attendance at the session, when I could be testifying in the Palmer case, reinforced my belief that the school district was deliberately attempting to stall my participation in the Palmer case to avoid embarrassing the school district and the Ontario government by appointing an independent hearing officer with a subpoena power to hear evidence and examine witnesses.

Finally, on 15 April 2017, I was asked to remove myself from this process.

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My selection as a candidate for this assignment seemed unjustified to me. The information from the ministry did not mention any difference in my case with Palmer’s. I was warned by the ministry that my presence would publicly embarrass the school district. I was told this was expected as it was my speaking before the Palmer hearing. In response, I protested that speaking publicly would not embarrass me. In response, I explained my position that I could not attend the two sessions on 29 and 30 April 2017 due to other commitments.

My father died on 21 April.

How I became involved in the Amanda Palmer case

I am told it is inappropriate to discuss the final outcome of the Palmer case and I am not allowed to speak about the details of it in public. What is clear, however, is that I was part of the school district’s involvement and participation in the Palmer case and this case investigation that could have drawn more people to the story.

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