Because freedom can't protect itself
I'd like to share and forward a version of this article that has the same facts, but not as many incendiary and reactionary phrases.
This disgusts me on a personal level. I went to an upper-middle-class high school in the mid-90s, and you couldn't get the cops to deal with issues where students were stalking, harassing, or even sending death threats to other students. The only times the police would get involved is if there was a drug infraction or if a staff or faculty member was injured. "Boys will be boys" and all that. Looking at what happens in poorer, majority-nonwhite schools, it makes me almost glad that we had such lackadaisical police involvement; the alternative - THIS alternative - is too horrible to tolerate.
So, you want to keep the children safe from bad people but you don't want police in the schools? I think the issue here is not, as the author concludes, the police presence in schools but is actually the consequences of the drug war, a failed city economy, a school bureaucracy that traps kids in failing schools, a schools employee union that prevents school choice and meaningful reform (as well as diverting resources from the classroom). This officer slamming this kids head into the desk is at the end of a long line of government malfeasance, not the start.
No kidding, Anonymous #1. I bet if you checked Google you'd see a less biased report.
I'm already scared to go to school. I see it as the place where all my rights just *POOF* disappear. I can't express myself freely, I can't dress how I want, and I'm not allowed to be happy. All of which are infringments upon my rights as a U.S. citizen. Schools are brutal dictatorships, where the teachers are the dictators and the students are their cowering subjects.
What the hell's WRONG with people that they think ANY "police officer" has the right to slam a person's head into a table?
My friend IS a police officer and he found the very NOTION of that story much more its truth disgusting beyond words. He would have said that "people like THAT are the ones making ALL police look horrible, and you don't even have to TRY to get us to look like monsters in MOST people's minds. But that goes beyond all acceptable measures, and anybody who can defend that bastard's actions even a little has a real major PROBlem."
You can FIND evidence to traumatic brain injury if the person went to the Emergency Room, if you're the right person anyway. They won't tell just anybody but they'll HAVE to give it to a court if the information is subpoenaed. You can prove that people missed days of school, too and you can ask witnesses who saw what happened.
I have no use for anybody who finds that behavior acceptable or tolerable.
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