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Government Schools at their finest

Shall we delve once again into that ridiculous world known as our Government school system? Sure. Why not?

I’ve pointed out examples in the past of absurd school policies where the punishment does not fit the crime. If you haven’t read them, you should. They are very eye-opening:

4-year-old Suspended for Sexual Harassment
5-year-old Charged with Sexual Harassment
Student Suspended for “Hate Crime”

These are just isolated incidents, right? Well, it’s happened again. This time, it was at a Middle School in Oregon:

“The two boys tore down the hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran -- what some kids later said was a common form of greeting.

But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon interrogated them.”

They were INTERROGATED by the police! Typically, police only “interrogate” when they are investigating a serious crime. What exactly were they trying to investigate? The situation seems pretty cut-and-dry to me. They slapped some girls on the butt. CASE CLOSED!

Oh, it gets better:

“After hours of interviews with students the day of the February incident, the officer read the boys their Miranda rights and hauled them off in handcuffs to juvenile jail, where they spent the next five days.

Now, Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison, both 13, face the prospect of 10 years in juvenile detention and a lifetime on the sex offender registry.”

Did you read that? 10 years in juvenile detention and registration as SEX OFFENDERS! Tell me exactly how that punishment fits the crime of slapping someone on the butt. This is nothing less than a travesty of justice. This is a disgusting misuse of the judicial system and a prime example of the ignorant nature of school administrations.

I have said before, concerning these cases, we should never encourage this type of behavior in students. Students engaged in actions like this should be reprimanded. But, a stern lecture from a Principal is punishment enough. Their punishment should go no further than a trip to the front office. That would fit the “crime.”

When we start viewing boys as young as 4 and 5 years-old as “sexual predators” we have lost all sense of reality. These kids were not trying to sexually harass anyone. They were not trying to sexually violate anyone. They were acting like typical adolescent jackasses.

Accept it, and move on.

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