A dynamic duo of not-unrelated stories:
John Whitehead on NOT Over-Over Policing the Schools (More than enough already):
Just what we don’t need: more gun-toting, taser-wielding cops in government-run schools that bear an uncomfortable resemblance to prisons.
Microcosms of the police state, America’s public schools already contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the “outside.”
Now the Trump Administration wants to double down on these totalitarian echo chambers.
The Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has announced that it will provide funding for schools that want to hire more resource officers. The White House has also hinted that it may repeal “Rethink School Discipline” policies, heralding a return to zero tolerance policies that treat children like suspects and criminals, especially within the public schools.
As for President Trump, he wants to “harden” the schools.
Maybe we could harden the young people instead of feeding them a load of worn out socialism:
Hours after thousands of Richmond County students participated in a school walkout to push Congress to end gun violence, area youth staged a lie-in outside the Augusta office of U.S. Rep. Rick Allen.
Organized by March For Our Lives CSRA, about 15 students laid down on the grassy right-of-way for 17 minutes while hundreds of cars passed by on Interstate 20 and Interstate Parkway. Most of the participants were high school students from Evans, Lakeside and Davidson Fine Arts, although there were some younger pupils.
They’re hearts are surely in the right place. But their actions are misguided, ideologically and symbolically. No one but the dead “laid down” at Lexington and Concord.
Whether in Atlanta, Sacramento, or DC, the politicians must welcome people on their backs, practically prostrate before whatever heavy-handed madness the elite have in mind. This is the opposite of freedom. It’s clamoring for more of what causes the real problems in the first place.
“Standing tall” for Marxism. Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle.