Why are extreme and sadistic incidents increasingly taking place in public schools? Let’s say 90-plus percent of school faculty and staff are looking out for the well-being of students. Unfortunately there are predatory characters in various school settings who are punishing students for sharing, checking into underwear for poop, making them kneel before administration, forcing one to clean out a poop-clogged toilet with bare hands…
And now, a nearly complete strip search on middle-school girls, complete with ogling, bra unhooking and an order to “shake.” Parents say there was a rub-down which constitutes sexual assault (contact) and abuse. What if this had been your daughter?
A spokeswoman for the school minimized and made it very clear that nothing would be done about it. If this behavior is morally bankrupt and punishable in the general populace, shouldn’t it be more so in a public institution?
It’s embarrassing enough to write about this; it should be even more embarrassing to sport this behavior and try to justify it under the auspices of a drug search. Unfortunately, Americans have been trained to accept justifications like this because of television programming and the news media. What kind of twisted logic allows a life-scarring abuse to victimize a young one in order to stop them from potentially harming themselves with pot?? It should be completely obvious that safety or even drugs were nowhere on this radar…
Let’s be crystal clear: anyone who would use authority to destroy the dignity, humanity and innocence of a minor is a seriously disturbed tyrant in need of rehabilitation or a lock-up. They no longer need to be working with minors. As long as authoritative zealots are accusing children of sexual assault for innocent behavior; that attention should be directed to the real offenders in positions of authority.
It’s good to see that the parents are outraged (versus apathy), but it should never stop there as long as these bizarro incidents continue to occur. Extreme and painful occurrences have a tendency to paralyze good-hearted people; it blindsides them. It’s time to remind people they are worth more. Their children are not criminals – and one could argue that criminals need not be subjected to such cruel and unusual treatment by officials in prison. (This prompts the questions: who is more sick? who is in more need of morality and rehabilitation?) Shame-based education is for slaves; and there is no acceptable form of slavery.
I think these examples are not just about opportunistic pervert-power-trippers, but also take place to send a shock wave out that your child does not belong to your family; that his or her body does not even belong to themselves. How much more possessive can the State get?? The State is training personnel to dehumanize and humiliate students; to literally view them as lucrative human resources. (Why do you think attendance is a really big deal?) As early as the mid-1990s, student handbooks were letting parents know that students were “human resources” and belonged to that state during school hours. Unfortunately, many of those hours are trauma-inducing and consist of fight, flight or freeze.
Everyone – whether in public school or not – has a right to the pursuit of happiness and to remain unmolested. While it is a good idea to empower children to say NO! to sickos, they are not supposed to have to be combat ready. Unfortunately, people are forced to pay for this —ty service. At the very least, we don’t need to stand by and let children be so degraded or just huff and puff. A Child Called “It” was supposed to be a memoir to serve as an example of extreme child abuse – not a book of ideas! Individuals who use positions to abuse others need to know that there are consequences.
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