Saturday, March 6, 2010

When Did People Forget How To Chillaxe?

See, as the parent of two children, this story about NYC "peace officers" scares and infuriates me:
Just last month, a 12-year-old girl at a junior high school in Queens was arrested for doodling on her desk with an erasable marker. She was paraded out of school in handcuffs and taken to a precinct stationhouse. She wept, too.
When asked about that case, a spokesman for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said “common sense should prevail” when decisions are made about whether to handcuff and arrest students. But common sense is frequently in short supply when the safety officers and the police are imposing their will on students who are not lawbreakers.
In January 2008, a 5-year-old kindergarten pupil became unruly at a public school in Queens. A public safety officer, seeing her duty, pounced. She handcuffed the boy who was then shipped off to a hospital psychiatric ward. A 5-year-old!

Don't know if this is "post-911" BS, but between this crap, anti-protest measures, and the police prediliction for tasers, I really don't like the direction in which this country is headed.

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