As reporters wait for the New York Times to return calls about the Editor's Note" by Sewell Chan on my 9/9/12 article, "A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children," we're left with he said/she said.
Regarding the four points in Sewell Chan's "Editor's Note" discussed in your article today:
1) WHERE ROSE WAS FOUND: Both parents confirmed to NY Times deputy opinion editor Sewell Chan that the details of Rose's condition when found were as reported in my article. Chan told me "There's no disagreement between you two on that." Chan inexplicably omitted that exculpatory fact from his Editor's note.
Lexington has now told at least two different versions of what happened that day (one involving a nanny picking Rose up and one involving calling the parents), and has provided no facts, information or records to support their stories. And Chan's report in the Editor's Note that Ms. Peoples' 2008 deposition says that the my daughter "was then cleaned up and dressed while her parents were notified — and that it was not the case that the parents found her standing alone, unclothed, in her urine," as referenced in your story, is simply false. It’s not what the deposition says.
2) "AT THE TIME" I FILED REPORTS. As reported in my article, I filed 51A abuse reports "at the time," meaning early in 2007, during the period of time from when our daughter was abused in 2006, followed by our learning details in 2007, and our suit in 2008. Chan confirmed with the Department of Children and Families, the state child welfare agency responsible for investigating abuse, that I made those reports with details of the isolation room. Even if Chan, as arbiter, now feels early 2007 was not "at the time," the Editor's Note leaves the impression that no reports were filed, which is false, and misleads readers.
3) ROOM IN THE BASEMENT: Contrary to Chan's Editor's Note, the isolation room was, in fact, in the basement (see photos at bottom of http://www.terrifyingdiscipline.com). You can go in the front door of the Old Harrington School, take a left on the main hallway, and then go down the first stairwell you find on the right. On the basement stair landing, you will find the isolation room there. When last I looked late last year, it was a closet for cleaning supplies. (Again, see photos at end of http://www.terrifyingdiscipline.com)
4) THE TIMES DIDN’T CONTACT MOTHER: Chan's Editor's Note that Rose's mother was not contacted by the New York Times is accurate, even though the fact checker was aware that we were divorced and Rose’s mother was mentioned in the article.
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