Let us not also forget about the hoplophobic, neo-segregationist bigotry in government schools. Zero tolerance/intelligence teachers and administrators punishing children, and sometimes calling the police, for children who are drawing a picture of a firearm, or having paper folded like a firearm, or chewing a poptart into the shape of a firearm. That's like punishing a child for violating racial segregation laws for bringing a black crayon to school. The teachers and administrators who punished kids for the "offenses" above, are, literally, mentally infirm, and need to have their mental capacity tested by a licensed psychologist, before they are allowed to be near children again. Any children the offending teachers or administrators may have should be kept safe by the state until such tests can be performed. This is what Neale Bortz means when he says that government schooling is child abuse.
The school needs to apply the rules consistently. As far as I'm concerned, the text was between two students, off campus, and had nothing to do with the school or the educational environment. However, if the texting student is to be punished in this way, then the racist African American students who made racist comments, on campus, in the face of other students, should be punished just as severely. It's all about equal application of law/rules. This just goes to show how much of a failure government schooling is. The solution, most likely to provide lasting improvement, is total separation of school and state.
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