Need for sympathetic care

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To the editor,

Although Canada generally treats its citizens in a humane manner, there is something going on in Nova Scotia right now that would suggest otherwise.

Nichele Benn is a young woman who was born with cerebral palsy, a brain disorder and is prone to seizures, because of epilepsy.


During one of these attacks she bit a staff member at the facility where she stays. Then she threw a shoe and foam envelope.


As if she has not enough to contend with, she has been charged with assault with a weapon, I understand.


She enters a plea next Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Dartmouth Court at

9:30 a.m.


Of course she should not be appearing in adult or juvenile criminal court and what is being done to this unfortunate young woman amounts to persecution.


What she needs is sympathetic care from staff trained to deal with her when she has one of her uncontrollable episodes.


I hope those who sympathize with Nichele, and are appalled and ashamed at what is taking place, will phone or email those in authority to tell them so.


Get out and picket. I did and will again, if necessary.



Ronald Robertson



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