Thursday, April 17, 2008

Good Idea For Inhibiting School Growth (iii)

When kids leave backpacks unattended in front of classroom doors during breakfast, brunch, and lunch, some things will inevitably go missing. Sometimes the things that go missing are candy. This is sad and certainly damages the campus environment. When grossly out of their league vice-principals tacitly encourage campus police to lay hands upon a potential student candy thief, pinning both arms to the small of the teenager's back and then forcing them painfully and unnaturally upward toward the shoulder blades, incapacitating further movement before searching him for weapons, and thereafter detaining the young man in a classroom and threatening him with incarceration in the juvenile detention facility before bestowing upon him a court citation and summons to appear, I gotta think the damage done to the campus environment is far, far worse.

When certain high-ranking District officials tell a group of outraged and angry parents half-truths about recent hiring and firing decisions, blatant lies about the lack of complaints regarding the police presence, and make the incomprehensible statement that these officers have been nothing but a benefit to our schools, you start eye-balling the calendar in a whole new way.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:42 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

I do not mean to distract from the intention of your post, which was quite saddening, but ... brunch? Students at your school eat brunch?

3:16 PM  
Blogger TMAO said...

Hi Rose,

Yeah, usually some eggs and fresh fruit, although we sometimes set up a waffle station, and occasionally a carving stations (that one's usually doing testing or on special occasions, though).

Okay, not really. "Brunch" is this 10-minute break from 10:32 to 10:42 each morning designed to keep everyone sane and quickly feed some kids who didn't eat breakfast.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so.. it has gone from me being whopped on the head with a ruler by sister mary joseph, to a candy theif getting hog-tied & frisked by some sad dude in a cop suit??
i am so bummed.
but, on a lighter note... love the waffle station!

4:38 PM  
Blogger TMAO said...

Potential candy thief. What if he actually completed the theft? Beatings? Rubber bullets? Lethal injection?

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah.. THIEF.. right.
god.. sister mary joseph should have been tougher..

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's really crummy is when a cop breaks up a fight, say between 11-year-olds, takes a punch or two in the process, and then slaps the kids with an assaulting a police officer charge! Very helpful.

6:32 PM  

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