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College 'Inclusiveness' to the Next Level | Raised Right --- or Snitch-in-Training?

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Dec. 16, 2015

College 'Inclusiveness'  to the Next Level | Raised Right --- or Snitch-in-Training?

"Service" animals (mostly guide dogs) are ones that have been specially trained to provide help for people with disabilities, but untrained "comfort" animals are also privileged for those diagnosed with panic attacks or depression. In an October report on college students hoping to keep their pets in no-animal dorms, The New York Times noted that school officials have entertained student requests for the "comfort" of (besides dogs and cats) lizards, potbellied pigs, tarantulas, ferrets, guinea pigs and "sugar gliders" (nocturnal, flying, six-ounce Australian marsupials). Informal Justice Department guidelines rule out only animals that are aggressive or destructive or that trigger other students' allergies. [New York Times, 10-5-2015]

In September, Audrey McColm, 25, traffic-stopped in Randolph County, Indiana, for driving "erratic(ally)," became the latest parent ratted out by her child. When Mom denied having been drinking, her daughter, 7, blurted out, "Yes, you have, Mom." McColm registered 0.237, had nearly hit another officer's car head-on, and was so hammered that she "urged" a different officer to "shoot her in the head." [Indianapolis Star, 9-18-2015]

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