Insane, but not stupid

Local historian Larry Valterza notes that the rules and regulations of Stockton’s 19th-century Insane Asylum have been published.















Here’s a section governing hiring and firing.

“1. Persons employed in the service of the Asylum will learn that character, proper deportment, and faithfulness to duty, will alone keep them in the situations in which they are placed; and they should consider well, before entering upon service, whether they are prepared to devote all their time, talents, and efforts, in the discharge of the duties assigned to them. The Institution will deal in strict good faith with its employees, and it will expect, in return, prompt, faithful, and self-denying service.

“2. No one can justly take offense when respectfully informed by the Superintendent, that his or her temperament is better adapted to some other employment; and those receiving such information should regard it as kindly given, that they may have opportunity to avoid the unpleasantness of being discharged.”

Contrast that with the process of firing teacher Heidi Kaeslin, who allegedly used a school computer when dabbling in the creation of porn sites. The process has taken a year so far. It’s a given that whoever loses will appeal.

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