Saw this yesterday in The New York
, and it really got me thinking.
Now, I know that we have entered a period of charge-happy law enforcement and convicting judiciary (often for the most minor of "offenses"), but this
article makes a good point of how typical adolescent behavior is being overly criminalized:
"the number of minor behavior problems that are
referred to the police, pushing kids into the criminal system.”
As the article states, there is
a surge in criminal charges against children for misbehavior that many believe is better handled in the
Instead of there being disciple
by school officials like it used to be, school officers and stepping up not to disciple, but to charge
Yet the most striking impact of school police officers so far, critics say, has been a surge in arrests or misdemeanor charges for essentially
nonviolent behavior — including scuffles, truancy and cursing at teachers — that sends children into the criminal courts.
Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of students are arrested or given criminal citations at schools each year. A large share are sent to court for
relatively minor offenses, with black and Hispanic students and those with disabilities disproportionately affected
12 years old.
De’Angelo Rollins, who was 12 and had just started at a Bryan middle school in 2010 when he and another boy scuffled and were given citations.
After repeated court appearances, De’Angelo pleaded no contest, paid a fine of $69 and was sentenced to 20 hours of community service and four
months’ probation. “They said this will stay on his record unless we go back when he is 17 and get it expunged,” said his mother, Marjorie
A fine and community service? This is ridiculous. How is a 12-year old child supposed to pay a fine? They don't. The
And one hand, we have these children being fined by the court for nonviolent behavior. How much money is being made from this? Why are children thrown
into the court system and required to perform community service—and get a criminal record—for typical behavior that could best be handled by
I will agree that some kids, repeat "offenders" of particularly troublesome (and violent) nature might need more than what the school can hand out.
“Once the kids get involved in the court system, it’s a slippery slope downhill.”
Anyone who has ever been in the
system—for any reason—knows how true that statement is. The line is so fine that if one were to practically breathe incorrectly one has "violated"
some condition. Especially when children are concerned, the ability to effectively walk this line is very difficult—because they are
. Hence, many will likely stay in the system in some form or fashion.
There was a recent thread comparing schools and prison systems, and this confirms that this is a happening reality.
Is this a intentional covert practice to incorporate people into the prison state, to mold and adapt children into a state of obedience—either free
automatons or servitudes who cannot escape the grasp of the system. Either way, there is the push to become dependent on the system, voluntarily or
Now, here's another issue:
The effectiveness of using police officers in schools to deter crime or the remote threat of armed intruders is unclear. The new N.R.A. report
cites the example of a Mississippi assistant principal who in 1997 got a gun from his truck and disarmed a student who had killed two classmates, and
another in California in which a school resource officer in 2001 wounded and arrested a student who had opened fire with a shotgun.
“There is no evidence that placing officers in the schools improves safety,” said Denise C. Gottfredson, a criminologist at the University of
Maryland who is an expert in school violence.
So, WHY the push to have armed officers in the school.
Is the "OMG protect the children!" crowd really that vocal and powerful? Are children the scapegoats or the pawns to usher in this state dependency?
Is it actually the intention to keep these people dependent on the state/caught in the system?
edit on 13-4-2013 by Liquesence because: (no reason given)