By Nathan Barton
I have not spoken poorly and with contempt for the government-run, tax-funded “public schools” for a while (except for those “affirming” the hurt of their little snowflakes over the recent election), so it is time to take a whack at these institutions of tyranny again.
And the Blaze provides the perfect opportunity. An 11-year-old girl, after sharing some fruit with a friend, has been suspended for violating the idiot school’s policy of “zero tolerance” for weapons. Not only that, but the schools turned the case over to the local police department (in some enclave from reality in Florida) who have in turn turned it over to the State’s Attorney to prosecute her for this hideous act of terrorism. Her crime? She used the butter knife (as admitted by the school in writing) from her cherished set of tableware (a knife, fork, and spoon with thick toddler handles and decorated with cartoon animal prints) to cut a peach in half so that she could share the peach with her friend.
I suppose she is fortunate that they did not also seize the fork with its FOUR (count’em FOUR) sharp points, and that it was not a peanut she was cutting in half to share. And I suppose she and her classmates are also fortunate that the idiots on the police force did not decide this incident required intervention by a SWAT team assaulting through the plate-glass windows of the cafeteria.
I fail to see how someone like the administration of this school, the “leadership” of this police force, and the decision makers in the attorney’s office can be STUPID enough to behave like this and STILL be able to tie their shoes and find their way to work in the morning. And I also fail to see how the so-called citizens – the voters and the parents – of this school district are so cowed and uncaring that they have not descended on the school to dismantle the building brick by brick, before tarring and feathering the faculty and administration and riding them on a rail to dump them into the ocean.
BUT this is America today, the Fifty States, in which someone writing the name of the next president of the United States with chalk on a sidewalk on a university campus can trigger a lock-down and cause a score of “safe spaces” to open their doors for business to coddle and comfort the frightened egos of a couple of hundred little snowflakes. Or where people can be praised for calling someone a rapist with NO proof or evidence, but at the same time condemn that man and those who support him as racists and sexists merely for voting for him.
And it is a land where a man arrested for “secret” charges (rumored to be related to weapons) by a sheriff, within hours of arrest and incarceration, and LONG before a trial is scheduled, let alone a verdict reached!, can have it assumed that he is fired from his job, his health insurance canceled and the process begun to take away his retirement. Yet I’ve seen it happen – in the reddest of red states in one of the most rural of its counties. Or how a man can be accused of wife and child abuse and have a permanent restraining order issued by a magistrate after hearing all of 15 minutes of testimony to support the claims of alleged abuse.
As long as government is involved in ANY way with schools, and especially with funding them, this kind of stupidity will be present and increase over time – even if it is temporarily rolled back by some congressional or executive action. The only way we will have schools that truly educate us (and our children and grandchildren) will be if those schools are completely separated from government – especially federal and state level, but even LOCAL government. Enough is enough.
Mama’s Note: The same is true for medicine and everything else. There is simply nothing on earth that a dose of non-voluntary government can’t turn to rot.