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CPS: Punish the guilty in Kekoa’s death

Letter by Carl J. Olsen, Puyallup on July 19, 2010 at 10:10 am | 5 Comments »
July 22, 2010 9:10 am

Re: “State set to pay $2.1M in death” (TNT, 7-17).

Who is being punished with an award of $2.1 million in the death of 3-year-old Michael-Kekoa Ravenell? Obviously we, the taxpayers, must be guilty since we will pay the bill.

Only one “inexperienced” Child Protective Services worker fired as a scapegoat and some extra training for others doesn’t ring of justice to me. How about firing everyone who had any responsibility for the policies and procedures that allowed Kekoa’s death?

That might just motivate the remaining CPS personnel to do the jobs they were hired to do. After all, they and their policies were at fault. An award of $2.1 million paid by the taxpayers has no real meaning to CPS employees.

My heart goes out to Kekoa’s family for their great loss. But punishing the taxpayer for something over which they had no control is unjust. If a dollar award is made, it should be paid personally by those whose negligence allowed the travesty to occur. It is not just to allow the family and their attorneys to “win the lottery” with an award from the public treasury.

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