By Matt Agorist
In a move that is sure to warm the hearts of police state cheerleaders across the nation, school officials in Huntsville announced that they are now spying on students’ social media accounts and, regardless of whether they are public or private, will dole out punishments accordingly.
“We’re going to implement a procedure that directly addresses an area that’s become a real concern again,” Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski said in a video on the district’s website. “Which is how violence in our schools – how threats to our schools – interact with social media, and how social media can play a role, if we pay attention to it, in heading off problems.”
This new and Orwellian system of state-sponsored spying on children will give administrators the ability to punish students for their posts.
The system is designed to ostensibly track violent students to prevent their violent behavior. However, some feel that this move is a direct attempt to cover for the district’s failure to provide a safe learning environment.
According to AL.com;
The new social media procedure could be used to deter students who post videos of school fights, said Anson Knowles, former Huntsville city school board candidate.
“It is not difficult to see that the superintendent may punish students for posting videos of violence in their schools in an effort to prevent the public from seeing what is happening in the schools,” he said.
He points to one section in particular, which says, “If the superintendent determines that a student has made posts to social media indicating either that student or another student’s propensity towards violence or gang affiliation, the superintendent may also refer such student to any applicable school-based or district-level student supports.”
Knowles believes student behavior outside of the school should be under police jurisdiction. He blames recent violence in schools on changes in the Huntsville City Schools’ Code of Conduct.
“Wardynski’s new procedure is more about preventing students from providing evidence of his own failures,” he said. “This is absurd and should not be allowed.”
Apparently the 122 security and police officers who patrol these modern-day child prisons are unable to keep the peace. This move by the Huntsville school district echoes that of the federal government.
To bring you security, we must remove all privacy and freedom.
This move by Huntsville officials is part of a larger national movement of monitoring children, and likely the reason why the only people facing charges in the brutal attack by an officer on a South Carolina female student — are the victim and the girl who filmed it.
Instead of addressing the larger issues that lead to violence in schools, like the drug war and recidivism, the iron fist is clamped down tighter and the good students are punished for the actions of a few bad ones — ’tis the nature of public schooling after all.
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Follow @MattAgorist