April 17, 2012
To Mr. Doug Soo,
As the Denmark shooter and killer of many youth, Anders Behring Breivik, goes to trial I wanted to share how this and other sniper / shooting events traumatize myself over and over again because of your arrogance, lack of any common sense and lack of due diligence with regards to your treatment of my daughter.
I am the mother of S.W. She is the student who you wrote the appalling affidavit against ( in 2009) saying that you believed she was a danger to herself and others – a sniper risk ( copy enclosed). Your attempt to distract from my daughters complaint about interpersonal conflicts between her and some of her instructors ( bullying), by writing this distortion / misrepresentation of her, was so irresponsible.
Being a health care professional myself I know that if you truly believed the CRAP that you put in the affidavit that 1. You had a responsibility, as a health care professional yourself, to get appropriate support / help / an assessment of / for my daughter and 2. The police should have been notified. It should have not have been our family having to contact the police to protect my daughter against your dangerous accusations! You know what, the bottom line is that either you thought that my daughter was at risk and your actions were WRONG, or you knew that my daughter posed no risk at all and your actions were WRONG! How do you justify your actions against her? Is this what you do with every student that challenges the College – I think yes!
I can=t imagine you believing a word of what you wrote, so why expose a family to that trauma and abuse. We are people and we do have emotions. Are you that callous, or just feel untouchable, to be able to write such awful things about a intelligent, and good student/ woman ?
Those disturbing, malicious, destructive, unfounded accusations you made against my daughter have no place coming from someone in your position, and in turn you have no place being in the position of authority you are in – Dean of Continuing Studies at Langara College in Vancouver B.C. if you can negligently make such unfounded accusations of an innocent student. I have to wonder what standards Langara College has for their staff. From some stories I have heard in the community the standards of instructors at Langara College are not always what you would hope they would be.
Those students, under you watch, are vulnerable and should not even have a chance of being subjected to your flippant and laissez faire attitude which in our case traumatized this family and ended my daughter=s education – shame on you! Shouldn=t you be promoting, encouraging and supporting education, critical thinking, and the achievements of your students instead of crucifying them at your whim?
Have no doubt that I take every opportunity to share with others what you did to my daughter, either in conversation or through my web site www.standupforstudents.com. It is what
I need to do to deal with the trauma that YOU have put me / the family through.
My efforts to get our story out are hampered by my busy life.
I worked very hard to raise responsible children, and I will work even harder to expose the abuse that exists at Langara College.
I will continue to tell our story in hopes of helping other students, who are subjected to the abuse of instructors / administrators at the College level, not feel so alone, and know that the abuse they may experience is not their fault.
Barbara L. Collin
cc Langara College Board of Director ( registered letter)
CBC Go Public BC ( via e-mail)
Naomi Yamamoto – (Minister of Advanced Education) via e-mail
Christie Clark ( Premiere of B.C.)via e-mail
Michelle Mungall ( NDP Minister of Advanced Education critic)via e-mail
Keith Baldry (Global TV=s political correspondent )via e-mail