Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on March 30, 1968 · Page 62
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 62

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By MAGGIE WILSON Harris, the self-destructive at Valley of the Sun School who has ? . /been, the storm center of controversy for v ;tiie past eight months, is the center of ' rifew concern now. The school will send the nine-year-old to her parents in Red Lodge, Mont., next week. The Rev. and Mrs. Thad Harris, former Valley residents, told The Arizona Republic via long distance that they are "totally unprepared and don't know where ,t6 turn for beneficial care for the child." •, SHE IS ON the waiting list at the Montana State Training School and Hospital • at Boulder, but officials there said 66 other children "whose problems are as t severe as Cammie's—some of whom have been on the list since 1964--will take precedence." • Stephen Chiovaro, superintendent of the - Alt EDITIONS States Deny Bed to Self-Destructive Child Montana institution, said, "We are not forgetting her. She'll be admitted as soon as space permits, but that may be three months or three years." i He said every effort would be made to help the Harrises find nursing home or foster home placement for the child. Clayton Lorenzen, executive director of the Valley of the Sun School here, said the release was made without any contact with the Montana institution to see if a bed would be available. "THAT'S THE parents' business," he told The Republic. "Now you get off my back!" Is money part of the problem? Lorenzen said, "Of course it is. We are keeping three staffers plus relief help on her each day. She's costing this institution $1,000 per month." Asked if he thought the parents had the knowledge and equipment to prevent the child from blinding or destroying herself, Lorenzen, again obviously irritated, said, "Ask the Harrises that question. 1 am not answering for them. I strongly recommend they get someone to provide a one-to-one relationship with the kid." Mrs. Harris told The Republic she and her husband had a "gentleman's agreement" with Valley that the Phoenix school would care for her until space was available for her at the Boulder, Mont., institution. SHE SAID THE child had been institutionalized here in the first place when her husband, an Episcopal clergyman, had a parish in Tempe. "We did it then because we felt helpless to prevent Cammie from damaging or destroying herself, and because the effects of this constant care and concern were devastating to our three other children." An attorney contacted by The Republic said, "If the Harrises had no contract- ural relation with the institution, then they have no legal recourse. "It might not be morally right, in other words, but there is no law against it." BOARD MEMBERS of the school avail' able for comment claimed they had no knowledge of the executive director's decision and said such a move was never discussed at board meetings. Lorenzen's Wednesday afternoon phone call to the Harrises coincided with & visit to the school by Gretchen Frank, & Vassar student home for spring vacation. She's the daughter of the John P. Franks. It was Miss Frank's story in this January Reader's Digest magazine that brought Cammie to national prominence and put self-destructive children on the public conscience. The story told of the 19-year-old student's work with a research team at Valley which was utilizing operant con- ditioning techniques to modify, bizarre behavioitf, Cammie was one small patt of the project; Gretchen's assignment was to establish friendship and rapport with (he girl. in August, 1967, all research was terminated at Valley because aversive operant techniques were being used on Cammie. THEN BEGAN the controversy: Was it irresponsible to slap and shout at a child to condition her out of acts of self-destruction? Morally was it wrong to hit a retarded child? Or more morally wrong not to, if what she did to herself was far worse than what a conditioner was doing to her? And who was going to take the responsibility for such decisions anyway? The research was funded by the U.S-. Office of Education and was similar to several other such projects still being funded by the same office here in the state. The researchers had claimed "good positive results—perhaps the best yet achieved with so severely self-destructive a child." At the tifiie research was discontinued by the school, the research team led by brs. Lee Meyerson and Nancy Kerf, were beginning the final six-month transition period that, they said, would result in Cammie moving into a. dorm and attending school classes. LORENZEN said an attendant will accompany Cammie on the plane to Montana next week, then, presumably, leave. k Said Mrs. Harris: "I feel it is the best for Cammie to get out of there if this is going to be the school's attitude toward our child. "But I am frightened by the awesome responsibility of preventing her from bruising, banging or blinding herself." women s THE ARIZONA! JREPUBLTC Nmini Saturday, March 30, 1968 Page 43 ; Says Medical Schools ^Failing Chronically 111 i DENVER, Colo. (AP)—Chronic illness in some form afflicts an estimated 80 million ^persons in the United States and "a couple of weeks' worth of pills" is not the answer, According to a New York physician. C'Dr. Howard G. Rapaport said in an address to the American College of Allergists 'that "most physicians in practice today were never adequately prepared—either medically or emotionally—to handle chronic conditions." "The physician who is hung up on his own feelings of inadequacy or hostility will certainly not be able effectively to counsel or otherwise assist his depressed or defeated patient," Dr. Rapaport said. "most graduating physicians have not had the opportunity to study and become familiar with the needs of the chronically ill '.. .Courage to Receive . . • . C?. ..'-.• Violence NonviolentlyT The boys pushed and shoved as coeds crammed and squeezed lithe forms into small cars to win contest By CAROLYN LEWIS Washington Post Service WASHlNGTON-Regardless of what critics say, non-violence is still the best instrument of change, Mrs. Martin Luther King believes. "People who say it is a weak, do-nothing method simply don't understand it," the wife of the Negro civil rights leader said in an interview. "IT TAKES great strength and courage to receive violence nonviolently. It also has greater impact on public opinion, and you need public support before you can change things." She sees no conflict in either her own or her husband's involvement in both civil rights and in peace movements. "You can't separate the two. Any conflict, any irtjus- v ctice, whether it is national or international, is interrelated." Mrs. King joined the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in 1960, five years before her husband made his public commitment to the peace movement. "I don't think my involvement influenced him. Before .we met each other, we both had similar views. When we met we simply recognized them." SHE SAYS THAT her husband wanted to join the peace movement many years before his public announcement. "But the civil rights struggle then was so consuming he had to leave it to me." Mrs. King believes that both racism in the United States and the Vietnam war are a result of a double standard of morality. "We believe we are basically a Christian and a democratic society. But we apply thes principles only to our families, our neighbors, or our club members, not to someone we don't know. They Had a Second Semester Cram By CHERYL REXFORD Forget the femininity, how do we get out of here? 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