This story, as those like it tend to be, is really quite unsettling and scary.
It’s a story about a young girl being held captive in a room and accused of murdering her infant son.
It’s a story of harassment and ideological cruelty masquerading as an uncompromising search for truth.
It’s a story about a class of people with special privileges, which give them the right to lie, make false accusations and promises, hold children hostage, and evade anything more than a cursory reprimand if enough attention is brought on them that they’re found to have done anything wrong.
When people discuss the purpose and focus of skeptical activism, this is an area which I’ve long thought is undervalued. Real harm is occurring, which could be prevented by a better understanding of critical thinking and even a passing awareness of the available science.
People need to know more about false confessions. How they happen. How often they happen. What the police are doing to 16-year-olds to make them happen.
(via Ed Brayton)