Need some advice

It would need to be something fairly serious and in the first instance, unless I was requested to do something. As is in this instance it was dealt with at camp and in this case if I had been made aware I would have made my displeasure known and how the squadron has been let down.

Anything that happens off squadron, is something for parents to deal with, which I have explained to several parents over the years. I’ve had parents come in and tell me things have been said / happened at school and on the street, which I am unsure where we have any jurisdiction. In my view this is a civil matter.

Please tell me that you’re not actually in charge of cadets, and you’re just trolling.


I don’t normally agree with ‘outing’ people on here but surely this person needs identifying and removing from post.

All incidents (except the phone call) happened while under ATC supervisions, the threats at camp, the nastiness towards my children on their return night, the name calling - all happened under ATC supervision.

When I inquired about if the CO had a conversation with cadet M he claimed he didn’t feel it necessary - which to me means he knew of the incidents and sided with cadet M rather than gathering the facts - on their frist night back why just have my 2 in the office when he issued his ‘any problems and you’re gone’ command - why not have cadet M in the office as well??

The CO told me he didn’t feel it was necessary to speak to cadet M until I bought up the issues experienced on their return night about how they felt singled out by him telling them that any issues would mean they needed to be removed - surely he should have had all 3 cadets in at that point to get the point across??

An incident where my child is threatened, that incident witnessed, a witness asked to write a statement means that at some point it was serious enough to be reported on - why now is there no written report? no paper trail? nothing apparently!!
A threat of suffocation in ones sleep to me is a threat against my childs life and in my eyes serious enough to be documented!

For what it’s worth, I don’t think the majority are disagreeing with you about the severity of the original situation you have described.

Most of us are caught up in the apparent mishandling of the aftermath - either through obfuscation or ignorance it would seem.

I want to have a proper re-read before saying any more and now is definitely not the time for that!


For what it’s worth, I don’t think the majority are disagreeing with you about the severity of the original situation you have described.

Thats what I originally asked for advice, but put the past situations and issue into my original post so people people who offered advice knew what i was facing!
I’ve heard nothing since providing the CO with the names of the cadets who accompanied my youngest to the camp office and the witness.

My eldest has returned to sqn A and says the atmosphere does seem better - still slightly frosty towards them but better that the original night they returned back in January, and the cadet in question has been giving them a 'wide berth@ (if you get me) my youngest, however is having second thoughts about returning, despite how much they love it.

When was that? Has it been a few weeks, month?

If your eldest has gone back and is living with the situation good on them, and they and the cadets from last summer’s escapade are giving them a wide berth, as that’s what you do in life. It would appear the younger sibling can’t get over it and this is what I feel is fuelling your need for something to be done and is in turn fuelling your youngest child’s anxiety. If they see you are able to move on, maybe they will. I would feel continuing would prevent them doing other things. This is ONLY Air Cadets and like any hobby only forms a few sentences in a personal statement.

I doubt the CO has taken sides, unless he has no life. When cadets bicker, argue or whatever I don’t take sides in any way, as I have more important things to worry about than teen angst, I’ve been through that and now have 20s angst.

I’m amazed the OC told you he hadn’t spoken to the other cadet. If a parent asked me if I’d spoken to or what I had said to a n other cadet or their parents, they would get a very, very short a short answer. If nothing else it’s confidential. I could imagine you wouldn’t be happy if he told anyone who asked what he said to you and yours. I would query why you’d want to know. What I say to cadets is between me and them and not to be disclosed, except to staff, just so they know what’s going on and don’t drop one.

You need to speak or have spoken to the LA as they are legal Guardians, not the carers as they will have to refer to the Social Worker about anything going on like this. If it is correct that the people collecting the cadet wore “ominous Social Service badges” they may have been at those times in a “home” not a placement.
I have had 3 foster kids as cadets and each time I have asked for a meeting with the social worker ASAP, so I know what I can or can’t say or do. Their names couldn’t be mentioned in any sort of press release or website article and they couldn’t be in any photographs, in the days before we asked for photo permissions. What you have seen is a child who will in all probability have come from an extremely dysfunctional family set up, with lots of moving around within the family and then between carers, which could well mean moving many many miles from their home town. Friends of ours fostered children for 23 years (while bringing up their own children) and they had placements ranging from a few days to 2½ years and several who they told us, had been given new names.

What would your action(s) and expectation(s) be if this had been with the same circumstances
At school
On the street

What would your action(s) and expectation(s) be if this had been with the same circumstances
At school
On the street

The school my children attend have a zero tolerance approach to bullying and it would have been sorted and stamped out within about a week.
Especially given there was a witness to the threat of suffocation in my childs sleep!
If it had happened on the street I would have attempted to identify the child in question to go and address the parents and possibly police if nothing got sorted - are you aware how many kids commit suicide daily due to bullying that starts just like this - by people saying ‘oh ignore it, and kids will be kids’??

In this case because the bully is a fostered child and as I said previously I have never seen the same person drop them off or collect - how was i supposed to address the situation with the carers/foster carers?? I’m not telepathic, and by the time the child had got into the car of whomever was picking them up they were driving away!


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