Saturday, December 3, 2011

Middle School Child ARRESTED for Burping in Class

Activist Post

In another disturbing case of the school-to-prison pipeline, the Associated Press is reporting that a 13-year-old middle school student in Albuquerque, New Mexico was handcuffed and hauled off to juvenile detention for "burping audibly" in class.

According to a lawsuit filed by civil rights attorney Shannon Kennedy, only days before this incident, the same student was forced to be strip searched for suspicion of marijuana possession. After five adults inspected the boy in his underwear, nothing was found and he was never charged.

To make matters worse, the parents of the burping bandit were not even notified by the school when he was taken into custody, leaving them to worry for his safety when he didn't return home from school.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident for the Albuquerque school system where in the previous year Kennedy won a settlement against the district when they arrested a girl who "didn't want to sit by the stinky boy in class."

Kennedy reports that "200 school kids have been handcuffed and arrested in the last three years for non-violent misdemeanors," and that she has several cases she is preparing for the mistreatment of students by Albuquerque school officials and law enforcement enablers.

ACLU describes the school-to-prison pipeline as:
a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Many of these children have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse or neglect, and would benefit from additional educational and counseling services. Instead, they are isolated, punished and pushed out. 'Zero-tolerance' policies criminalize minor infractions of school rules.
The American Bar Association has condemned these zero-tolerance policies as inherently unjust:
zero tolerance has become a one-size-fits-all solution to all the problems that schools confront. It has redefined students as criminals, with unfortunate consequences …Unfortunately, most current [zero-tolerance] policies eliminate the common sense that comes with discretion and, at great cost to society and to children and families, do little to improve school safety.
This lack of common sense when dealing with children seems to be just another symptom of the growing police state mentality in America.  According to many polls, parents and teachers overwhelmingly support zero-tolerance policies for weapons, drugs, and violence in schools, but few studies have been done on non-violent infractions -- like burping in class or requesting not to be seated next to a stinky classmate.

According to the Albuquerque Student Behavior Handbook, "The principal has the responsibility to take discretionary action any time the educational process is threatened with disruption."  Apparently, burping is enough of a disruption to warrant an arrest according to school officials.

Ultimately, Kennedy will likely win all of her cases at great cost to the local taxpayers who should be outraged at the behavior of their public school and law enforcement officials.


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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

These stories I keep reading of police intervening in school disciplinary situations are utterly terrifying.

First is how fast things have changed since I went through the public school education system only seven years ago. Something as trifling as this that would have earned you a warning or detention in the extreme, under zero-tolerance gives you a free ride to juvie.

Second it shows that teachers are becoming more and more lazier in handling students. It's bad enough they only teach kids how to check boxes on standardized tests and spew college propaganda to fuel that ponzi scheme. Teachers don't even have to get their hands dirty disciplining children, just call the cops!

Finally this is instilling in the youth a big brother, police-state mentality. If you act out with any emotion whatsoever expect harsh punishment at the hands of the state.

Basically kids are being breed to become statist drones, completely devoid of emotion, empathy, critical thought and life. They'll work and live solely for the state, this bright future will be the first to snitch on neighbors sending them to the gulag.

It's already here, look at how many young people at OWS support Obama!

Anonymous said...

The answer isn't to run away, rather it requires protest and a demand for change. Let's not think only of our own children; it is our duty to protect all children.

Anonymous said...

The article and the commentary to this point underscore the need for the people that really care about their children, their education and their "programming" to seriously begin contemplating removing their progeny from the public fool system.

Anonymous said...

These schools are hurting our children. This is an outrage !

Anonymous said...

I say arrest the teachers and haul them off to jail.

Anonymous said...

Re the first comment above: What the heck are you smoking? How can you bring OWS and Mr. Obama into this? Any police state mentality i see was installed under Republican presidents and congresses. Get a life.

Anonymous said...

I shudder to think of what would have happened if the poor kid farted in class

Anonymous said...

The best solution to this problem is to abolish the 'public' i.e. government schools. For more information, see The Alliance for the Separation of School and State http://www.schoolandstate.org/home.htm

For life and liberty,
Ron Paul for President,
David Macko

Anonymous said...

PRESIDENT OBAMA 2012 DEMOCRATS 2012 NO REPULSIVE PARTY OF NO (republicans) NO BLUE DOGS (republicans) since most comments say we need to vote repulsive party on NO (republicans) IT ONLY SHOWS JUST HOW MUCH WATCHING faux "news" IS MAKING THE TEA BAGGERS AND OTHERS DUMBER

Alice Lillie said...

I posted an essay called _The Sorry State of American Education_ on my blog. Please check it out.

What has happened here is a symptom of a much greater disease. Even the second or third class status of persons under 18, and even parents is a symptom, not the disease itself.

The disease is the inability to think for oneself and question authority, and lack of real education is the etimology of the disease.

See http://www.alicelillieandher.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

As Alice Lillie`s statement concerning the lack of any real education in American schools is highly evident, especially when you consider that the word "Etimology" is actually spelt "Etymology", & it means the study of the history & origins of a word & not a disease.

The dumbing down of the American people & of others world wide, has been an active role of the so called ruling elite for many decades now..

Believe no-one & question everything.

Knowledge is power.........

Anonymous said...

Lawls, farting is 10 years in prison, USA! USA! USA!!!

Anonymous said...

This all goes back to a single concept, that most people are unaware of, and that is PRECONDITIONING.

Preconditioning has been in use all across North America for DECADES, and people have simply come to accept that such conditioning "to accept authority over your rights" is "just a part of daily life."

Well, it is, but only in socialist, communist, or fascist countries...so which one are WE actually in?

When they block off a road and pull over every car on the street "to see if they might be able to take drunk driver off the road", what they are actually doing is harassing EVERYONE, in the hopes that they can arrest "someone" in order to justify their actions, and "claim success" in their criminal abuse of the public.

Nobody complained then...so they're just stepping up their efforts to condition the public at earlier and earlier ages, to more and more sinister and damaging conditions.

It's not going to get better before it gets worse, folks...be ready to hear ever more of this type of story, and in even more ridiculous situations.

Most people won't wake up to what's going on around them until and unless someone breaks their own door down to take them off to jail for no apparrent reason...and we're rapidly moving towards that, whether you're "comfortable with acknowledging it" or not.

Anonymous said...

"The principal has the responsibility to take discretionary action any time the educational process is threatened with disruption."

so in Arizona a burp is more disrupting than police interrupting class and hauling off a student?

wow...

Penny Pincher said...

buuurrrrrrrrrrppppp! Excuse me...

Anonymous said...

Whats next? Dragging out outside and a pistol shot to the back of the head for passing gas?
This shows that liberalism is a mental disorder.

slrman said...

The intent is to remind Americans that they no longer live in a fee country but in a police state.

By doing this will school children they will grow up with that concept imbedded in their brains.

It isn't liberalism that causes this. It's the right-wingnut "law and order" mentality of the Great Obstructionist Party. (Rethugnicans)

They are mostly the ones that post on the internet whi8le hiding behind an "Anonymous" ID. That shows how cowardly they really are.

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