According to council workers in the UK, and especially in Kent it seems souls like these are objects of contempt and derision; they are not human beings by the standards of workers at Kent County Council who think it is appropriate to steal photographs from the bus pass applications of children and paste them to a ‘wall of shame’ labelling them as ‘mongs and mingers’ because they ‘look different’ and the whole country is aware of what happened to poor Francesca as a result of attitudes like this.
Images like this of local children were posted on the so-called wall of shame for at least three months and when removed were stuck to a sheet of paper and passed around the office for more sneers and ridicule. One member of staff has been suspended but as the saying goes – ‘if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem’ so anyone employed at that office who knew what was going on and did nothing to stop it is equally responsible for the damage done to the children in question – it doesn’t matter that they didn’t know it was happening.
No matter how you try to justify it – there is no excuse for this sort of exhibition and behaviour and certainly not in public servants.
What happened to Francesca and her mother, when hatred is allowed to fester in public offices leads to such people being let down and eventually driven to kill themselves cannot be allowed to continue. Such attitudes in council workers are partly responsible for the likes of the 16-year old boy who walked free from court after branding Francesca as “Frankenstein” and is, it seems, responsible for the type of systemic abuse over a 10-year period that caused Fiona Pilkington to take her own life and that of her daughter.
A coroners rage over council failings is understandable if council workers in Barwell were allowed to get away with the sort of thing that Kent council workers feel is acceptable.