Speaking of Stupidity …

17 01 2010

…We’re back to the subject of school administrators as tin-plated dictators with delusions of competence.

back in October, a high school student named Gary Tudesko went bird hunting before school with one of his friends. The two hunters were running a bit late, so they didn’t have time to take Gary’s truck home and drop off the shotguns. Rather than breaking the rules by parking the truck in the school parking lot, Gary parked on the street- off school property. The shotguns were behind the truck seats, unloaded, and the truck was locked.

For some reason, the school’s sniffer dog was run past the vehicles parked on the street. The dog alerted on Gary’s truck, and the police were duly called. The cops determined that the owner was Gary Tudesko, and the school discovered that he was a student, so Gary was summoned to his truck to explain matters. He told the police what had taken place, and opened the vehicle to show them the shotguns. The police and the local District Attorney later determined that Gary had broken no laws. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. It should be noted that the fields near town are a well-known hunting area.

The school, unfathomably, determined that Gary was a threat to himself and others, and promptly expelled him for a year. When Gary’s aprents objected that the vehicle wasn’t parked on school grounds, and that he had not broken any rules, the school administrators claimed state law gave them “the right to search any of the student’s vehicles no matter where they’re parked or what they’re doing during school hours.”

For those of you playing at home, this is a load of fascist bullshit. By this logic, a student who is sick in bed at his home ten miles from the school can expect to have his vehicle searched in the driveway by school administrators or their hired agents. Zero tolerance seems to equate to zero thought, whether the subject matter is drugs, guns,  and tobacco.

If any of you who read this have children in school, how do you like the idea that school administrators or their agents can conduct searches of your child’s room or car at any time during school hours? Isn’t it comforting to know that your kid’s school administrators care so much for the safety of your child that they’re willing to violate your child’s rights? Where does it end? Does the school get a say in what religion your kid is allowed to practice? What if your child wants to ride dirt bikes? That’s dangerous! The school administration gets a say in whether or not that will be allowed. Perhaps the school will start interfering in what you serve your kid at dinner.

Why does this school believe they have the power to extend their draconian authority far outside school grounds? I’ll tell you why: It’s for the chi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ildren! Every time some alleged parent or another publicly bitches about protecting the children from every potential hazard on the planet, the autocratic despots in school administrations get to exercise more and more authority over the children under their “care”.

Far too many parents today spend huge amounts of time and energy trying vainly to remove any possibility of harm from their child’s life. This bubble-wrap mentality is actually increasing the danger to their children, and everyone with whom those children come into contact. Little Bobby gets a sniffle? Dope him up with antibiotics. There might be germs on the playground equipment where little Suzie is playing! Better wipe down every surface with disinfectant wipes or bleach. This ridiculous paranoia about supposed perils in everyday life are making things worse. Over-use of antibiotics is creating newly-evolved strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Wiping down every surface with bleach to kill germs makes it a certainty that some germs which are inevitably missed will find the child’s immune system weakened from inactivity.

Worst of all are those who wet their panties over the thought that their precious sprogs might possibly see a firearm. Horrors! Little Johnny saw a gun! Sign him up for therapy.

A commenter on FARK.com named cobrasmity posted this gem:

SCHOOL — 1957 vs. 2007

Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2007 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 – Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to cl ass, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 – Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 – Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 – Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1957 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, and goes to college.
2007 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1957 – Ants die.
2007 – BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated; Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

That’s a little absurd, but so is the nonsense being spouted by the school administrators in this case.

School administrators are public servants. We pay their salary. Let’s try exercising some influence in how these nimrods do their jobs. Go to school board meetings and speak up. Read the student handbook at your kid’s school and find out what sort of powers the school claims to have. If you don’t like what you read, do something about it. The reason school administrators are getting away with this petty despotism is because we let them.

That’s something we, the People, can change.

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6 responses

17 01 2010
CybrgnX

Late 50’s my dad brings me to school, tells teachers if I don’t behave to slap me around then tell him so he can beat my butt—I behaved!!!
Bullies pick on nerd (me), nerd eventually gets pissed and beats the schite out of the bullies—-nerd has no other problems thru school years.
Boys compare jack-knives, joe’s is the neatest.—Nothing else happens.

200X boy has jack-knife, is arrested and expelled…everyone with half a brain says WTF!!!

200X – religious schite head teacher burns cross into boys arm, gets prosecuted eventually—-others in school thinks teacher is being persecuted.

Yes today’s schools are -thanks mostly to the parents- getting really silly.

18 01 2010
The BoBo

That is freakin’ nuts. I’m sure that is a complete misinterpretation of the law if the state AG already said there were no laws broken. I hope those parents take this as high up the legal system as possible and then sue that principle in courts. Public schools are out of control.

19 01 2010
prairieflounder

1957 hell, remember High School in 1981?
There was a designated smoking area between building B and C. It was for the students.
There was a designated smoking area for teachers, in the school, indoors.
There was a limit to pocket knives. The knife couldn’t have a blade longer than 3”.
We used to play dodge ball. Without helmets, knee pads, or eye protection, on a hard wood floor, with volleyballs. The gym teacher would play as well. He didn’t hold back.
In gym class we learned how to use a bow and arrow. They had steel tips that were pointed. No one shot another student, even if he deserved it.
Pick-up trucks had rifle racks mounted in the back window, sometimes they had rifles sometimes just shotguns. This was not cause for alarm.
Energetic exothermic reactions happened in Chemistry class, the instructor supervised.
In biology and physiology we dissected animals. PETA was not involved.
Fights happened. The staff tried to sort out who was responsible, they were sometimes suspended.

A lot has happened in 29 years.
pf

24 01 2010
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8 02 2010
Melany Jameson

That’s simply ridiculous.. Yes, the thought of highschool students waking up early to hunt.. 🙂 And the fact that they were hunting and the school wants to make a big deal of it. Let’s stick to catching kids who are actual problems to society. Eh?

8 02 2010
Melany Jameson

BTW.. great account and historical background to back up your story. Very nice.

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