|Innocence at an ice cream counter|
Last week there was much talk about why men don't want to be primary school teachers. A lot of waffling and weasel words came up but some were honest enough to say that the attitudes of people scared many men off the thought of being a teacher. Potential paedophiles might get through - fill out forms - be vetted. This palava puts a lot off. Who would want to put up with the nodders and winkers? Not many.
Am I being paranoid? I don't think so. In Braehead shopping centre, near Glasgow, a man took a photo of his daughter eating an ice cream. Then all hell let loose. A kind of sanctimonious, self-righteous hell where the accusers make you feel like something the cat brought in. A spokesman for Braehead said, "Staff at an ice cream stall became suspicious after they saw a male shopper taking photographs at their counter. The staff thought the man had also been taking photographs of them and they alerted one of the centre's security staff." And the police were called and one officer claimed that under the Prevention of Terrorism Act he was within in his rights to confiscate the mobile phone on which the photos were taken.
Total over reaction. But then these people have small minds filled with vile thoughts. To cap it all the Braehead spokesman said, "It is not our intention to - and we do not - stop innocent family members taking pictures." Maybe not, but they make judgements based on swivelled-eye theories.