So I posted a while back about The Australian Christian Lobby’s prayer for prejudice in Victoria and one of the things I listed was their lobbying for an increase to the funding for School Chaplains (known as “Chappies”). I quoted the Australian Psychological Society in saying this was dangerous: how right they were. In this post I’ll give you an example of the concerns I have about the organisation in charge of the majority of chaplains placed in schools: inability to safeguard children.
Not only are these skygod worshipping quacks completely untrained and unqualified to counsel children (which is a separate matter and not to be confused with this particular “Chappy” and SU Qld’s response to that): they are almost exclusively all employed by one organisation: Scripture Union and almost exclusively Christian (98% or so).
As a worldwide organisation working with the churches, SU aims:
* to make God’s Good News known to children, young people and families
to encourage people of all ages to meet God daily through the Bible and prayer,so that they may:
* come to personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ
* grow in Christian maturity, and
* become both committed church members and servants of a world in need.
Now what sort of organisation is SU Qld then in addition to being a blatantly evangelical mob who are leaching off hundreds of millions of tax dollars?
Well, they’re the type that doesn’t care too much if it employs child predators it seems. Apparently if they’re a Scripture Union Chaplain trying to seduce a 12 year old boy over msn it’ll do what Churches have always done with child predators: wait a while for the fuss to die down and shuffle them on to the next place. You know how it works: if you are truly sorry and ask Jesus for forgiveness then it’s ok right?
From the articles we learn about Chappy Jocelyn Hook:
The female chaplain of Golden Beach State School has today been removed from her job over her suggestive online chats with a 12-year-old boy.
Jocelyn Hook’s employer, Scripture Union Queensland, announced this afternoon that the married mother of three would not be allowed to work at any school “for the time being”.
Ok, so it’s “for the time being” then huh? What exactly did she do pray tell? *cough*
The move followed revelations by the Daily about the chaplain’s behaviour, in which the father of the boy said he was disgusted that Mrs Hook had kept job despite the SU ruling she had behaved inappropriately.
“We have decided to remove Jocelyn Hook from school chaplaincy duties,” SU chief executive Tim Mander said.
“The recent publicity and the publication of her name, her photo and the name of her school has made her chaplaincy role untenable at this time.”
Again the “at this time” type comment. Hmm.. Smacks of EVERY COVER UP the various churches have carried out over the years!
So what about the father who discovered this dodgy behaviour:
The father of the boy, now 13, said his son eventually became uncomfortable with some of Mrs Hook’s online comments, contained in dozens of logs between September 21 and December 30 last year, only to be told: “Trust me, I’m the chaplain.”
The father is disgusted over Scripture Union’s contention that Mrs Hook’s behaviour was improper but not predatory and, as such, less worrying.
“I do wonder if this would be brushed off with such a limp wristed answer if the chaplain had been male and he’d been talking to my 12 year old daughter,” he said.
The MSN Conversations of Chappy Joce
And the dodgy MSN conversations, so you be the judge of whether this was a text book case of grooming, or as SU Qld asserts:”The investigation found that although the chaplain’s behaviour was inappropriate, her behaviour was not predatory in nature”.
I currently teach Primary Ethics to kids aged 10-12 and no way on Earth would I (or any other sane adult) be:
- chatting with 12 year old students over msn without parental approval and a damned good reason to do so (I can’t really think of any)
- discussing “hickeys” and then inviting over for a swim
- inviting other people’s kids over for a swim (full stop!) and then offering rewards
These chats read like something directly out of the course all Primary Ethics teachers have to do on “Shining the light on Child abuse” except the scenario is not the dodgy uncle, but a dodgy Chaplain.
You take a look..
Excerpts of MSN exchanges last year between Golden Beach State School chaplain Jocelyn Hook and the then 12-year-old boy.
Mrs Hook’s user name is “Chappy Joce” or “Joce”.
September 28 (messages relate to a date the boy went on)
(2.50pm) Chappy Joce: So… got pash rash!
(2.50pm: BOY: wut?
(2.50pm) BOY: u got a pash rash?
(2.51pm) Chappy Joce: No you do
(2.51pm) BOY: no i dont
(2.51pm) Chappy Joce: Sure I bet u do.
(10.00am) Chappy Joce: wondered if you were hiding any hickeys
(10.00am) BOY: what?
(10.01am) Chappy Joce: bet u dont know what a hickey is hey… must be gettin old
(10.01am) BOY: i dont kno what a hickey is at all.
(10.02am) BOY: do i want to kno what they are?
(10.02am) Chappy Joce: love bit
(10.02am) Chappy Joce: you know… big read sucky mark on your neck?
(10.46am) Chappy Joce: wanna come over for a swim today?
(10.46am) BOY: umm… not really.
(10.47am) Chappy Joce: fine then!
(10:48am) Chappy Joce: i will let you use my pink laptop and msn
(10.48am) Chappy Joce: if you can’t bear to be away from melissa for that long
(11.27am) BOY: i dont wanna swim, so mum says i hav to stay home
(11.28am) Chappy Joce: just that chattin with melissa is more important! oh well u r a big boy and can take care of yourself
(11.28am) BOY: lmao (laughing my ar.. off)
(11.28am) Chappy Joce: behave… no dancing naked on web cam
(11.28am) Chappy Joce: hehe
(11.28am) BOY: i dont hav a webcam..i dont like them
(7.49pm) BOY: ? ill have a look thru the list of games on wikipedia
(7.49pm) Joce: crash of the titans
(7.49pm) BOY: ah yeah
(7.50pm) Joce: spank u… i mean thank you
(8.23pm) BOY: mums about to go to ur place now
(8:23pm) Joce: ok thx i better put some clothes on then lol
(8.24pm) BOY: lmao dnn2k (did not need to know)
(8:24 PM) Joce: dnn2k huh
(8:24 PM) BOY: do not need to know