Elementary schools in America today are different from the old Soviet style gulags only in that the hapless children can go home to their parents at the end of the school day and thus escape temporarily their grim confinement regimen at the hands of the government education statist overlords.
In my day elementary school was no piece of cake but at least my classmates and I had rights which for the most part were respected and our education seemed more like a plan than a prison. Elementary school children didn’t get suspended or otherwise harshly punished back then for the slightest of imaginary infractions.
Today’s kids enjoy no rights at all and are constantly at the mercy of their teachers and school administrators. Critical thinking, for example, is strongly discouraged and political correctness is the rule.
A 5-year-old Mount Carmel Pennsylvania girl was been suspended for 10 days from kindergarten recently. Her crime: telling one of her little friends as they waited for the school bus that she was going to shoot her with a bubble gun.
That’s right folks; we’re talking about a pink plastic toy gun that blows out soapy bubbles from the barrel; actually an imaginary bubble gun since the tot didn’t even have it with her.
School District officials got the bright idea that the little girl’s speech amounted to a "terrorist threat." I never thought there was such a thing as a five-year-old terrorist but today, in the United States of America, everyone is a potential terrorist, even an innocent little elementary school kindergartner.
School officials questioned the baby terrorist girl for 30 minutes and then required her to be evaluated by a psychologist. Later her punishment was reduced to two days instead of the full ten.
Now I realize that school administrators have to be careful these days in light of the recent incidents of school shootings but this kind of hysterical overreaction to an imaginary threat is preposterous and defies any logical understanding.
Not to be outdone, Philadelphia PA elementary school officials scolded and searched another child student in front of her entire class for having a “gun” consisting of a folded sheet of paper. One of her fifth grade classmates apparently saw the paper “gun” and notified administrators as the child terrorist was in the process of throwing it away.
"He yelled at me and said I shouldn't have brought the gun to school and I kept telling him it was a paper gun but he wouldn't listen," said the terrorist. Then the criminal was searched by school officials while other students watched. Now she’s suffering nightmares over the incident.
A School District spokesman said the school acted swiftly and appropriately.
Right; a piece of paper in the shape of a gun is now considered a sufficient terrorist threat; enough to justify a scolding and searching of the suspected terrorist in front of the class. They obviously must have reasonably thought that a search might turn up (gasp!), another piece of paper.
Meanwhile, a 5-year-old Cape Cod, Massachusetts boy is subject to suspension at Hyannis West Elementary School, after constructing a toy gun built out of Lego’s during an after-school program.
"We need a safe environment for our students. While someone might think that making a Lego gun is just an action of a 5-year-old, to other 5-year-old's, that might be a scary experience," explained the principal with a straight face.
What 5-year-old kid would think that a Lego toy is scary? What 5-year-old kid wouldn’t want to play with one?
This was just another ridiculous overreaction to an imaginary threat.
Sadly the gulag style atmosphere becomes even worse when the potential child terrorists graduate on to secondary school.
Police officers will be administering breathalyzer tests on all students at Belmont High School in Massachusetts as they enter school dances from now on because a few of them showed up drunk.
Other Massachusetts cities and towns already use breathalyzers at school functions.
As always, the thinking with these statist administrators is that, if some of the kids violate the rules then it’s perfectly proper to punish all the kids by trampling upon their constitutional rights against unlawful searches without probable cause.
A Missouri school district is planning to collect hair samples from high school students to conduct random, mandatory drug tests “for the students' own good,” say administrators. Staff at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City plan to take samples from 60 random students during the 2013-14 school years and test them for several types of drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. Participation in the program is mandatory.
“Our point is, if we do encounter a student who has made some bad decisions with drugs or alcohol, we will be able to intervene, get the parents involved, get him help if necessary, and then help him get back on a path of better decision making, healthier choices for his life,” Rockhurst Principal Greg Harkness explained.
Constitutional rights? What constitutional rights? This is a Jesuit school where there ain’t no such thing as constitutional rights.
But that’s not about to stop Tennessee Republican lawmaker Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville from proposing legislation that would require public schools to inform a student's parents if the child is engaging in homosexual activity.
Under this law, a school counselor, nurse or principal can inform parents if their children's "circumstances present immediate and urgent safety issues involving human sexuality."
Campfield told reporters that he considers the "act of homosexuality" to be dangerous to a child's health and safety.
So if a counselor spots two little girls holding hands in the elementary school hallway in Redneck County, Tennessee, you can bet that their parents will be notified lickity-split so that the authorities may take appropriate action to stop this dangerous act affecting the children’s health and safety.
A Missouri School District official suggested recently that an innocent 13-year-old girl get breast reduction surgery in order to stop bullying. The sixth-grade student at Central Middle School is being sexually harassed because of her breast size. When her mother called the school district to complain she said a woman suggested to me, "to have my daughter get a breast reduction," she said.
Blame it on the victim is the reasoning in this case.
Does that sound familiar?
It’s just part of life nowadays in our American elementary gulags.