Aug. 1st, 2006

ciroccoj: (limitations)
Police hunt on in Western Canada for Ontario pedophile and two missing boys )

Man wanted in Sask. abduction has long list of victims in Ontario )

Peter Whitmore was a student of mine when I worked at Kingston Pen. Not for very long, because I was teaching entry-level college computers and he hadn't even gone through high school yet, despite his assertion that he'd already received a college diploma and therefore didn't need to do my course.

I remember him as a relatively witty guy with odd spots of slowness. From my hazy memory, he was in my class for a week or so before being politely told to please get his high school diploma before venturing back. He was transferred to the Adult Basic Education section of the school and I hardly ever saw him again other than during break time. I heard all sorts of nasty stories about what was happening to him on the cell range. Then I transferred out to Bath Institution shortly after that and never saw him again until many years later, when he was arrested for breaking his parole.

I wonder where he'll be sent once he's caught. I wonder if he will finally be declared a Dangerous Offender and put away for good, instead of continuing to do Life on the installment plan. I wonder what my fellow teachers think of him, and where they are right now, and whether they're getting the same sick feeling I get when I read about him. I wonder what his fellow inmates think.

It's not that his crimes shock me; I worked in the prison system for four years, I saw a lot of people who committed a lot of horrible crimes, and I was never under any illusion that my students were just tragically misunderstood. It's just that it's weird, seeing his face, and reading about his life on the outside. Knowing what he's done with the freedom he was granted.

Makes me wonder about a lot of my guys. Because it was so easy to get used to them being confined and hyper-controlled and easily identified as Offenders, and no menace to society at large, and not think that the vast majority were eventually going to get out and would have to control themselves, around a public that wouldn't even suspect that they could be dangerous.

Ugh.

Aug. 1st, 2006 09:45 am
ciroccoj: (Default)
It's 9:48AM.

Temp: 27.2°C (81°F)
Humidity: 85.0 %
Humidex: 39.0°C (102.2°F)

With an expected high today of 34°C (93.2°F). And Ontario Hydro predicts record power usage for today, and outages as air conditioners get cranked up all over the province.

So. Canadian Tire, IKEA, library, and Bayshore Shopping Centre: here we come.

ETA: Ooh, we've gone up in the last hour.
Temp: 29.2°C (84.6°F)
Humidity: 78.0 %
Humidex: 41.4°C (106.5°F)

::goggles::

Aug. 1st, 2006 04:06 pm
ciroccoj: (Default)
Temperature: 31.5°C
Humidex: 47.0°C (116.6°F)
Rel. Humidity:55.0 %

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