Wright from Washington City
May 10, 2017


Big Teacher is watching them



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Here's another of those increasingly common stories about educationists freaking out over harmless things and visiting terrible penalties on hapless schoolchildren. The headline sums it up well:

"Parents slam Ohio middle school after they suspended their seventh grade son for 10 DAYS because he 'liked' an Instagram photo of an airsoft gun" (by Regina F. Graham, Dailymail.com, May 9, 2017).

Just to be clear, an airsoft gun is a toy.

But you really have to read the whole story for the horror to become clear. The child apparently committed his thoughtcrime at home, on his own time. How it came to the attention of the Authorities is unclear: do they actually monitor the social media activities of their hostages? Or was he turned in by a good little citizen informant?

Those same benevolent overseers do seem to be over-interested in such things: the telescreen report linked from the story above includes a shot of a display at the school in question cautioning students to be sure their social-media posts are "kind, helpful, inspiring," etc.

Of course, like most parents of kids caught in such a mess, those of the penalized child are themselves products of the same day-prison system, and so bereft of the reasoning tools that would enable them to comprehend fully what is going on. The father complained, "He never shared, he never commented, never made a threatening post ... [he] just liked it" — as if such things might have merited the educationists' draconian punishment.

The mother's reaction is even less encouraging:

His mother, Cindy Martin, took to Facebook to express her frustration with the situation. "This sickens me! Not anywhere on the boys Instagram post did it say anything about taking a gun to school. This is a bunch of s*** if I ever seen any....... SMH," she wrote.

"People wake up and teach your children right from wrong and teach them not to blow s*** out of proportion.

"Now 2 innocent harmless boys got in trouble over some pansy cry bag making s*** up!"

On the other hand, her post makes about as much sense as the Official Statement of the Head Child Prison Overseer in Charge — whose name, by the way, sounds like a bad joke:
Russ Fussnecker, the superintendent of Edgewood City Schools, released a statement to WXIX that said: "Concerning the recent social media posting of a gun with the caption 'Ready,' and the liking of this post by another student, the policy at Edgewood City Schools reads as follows:

"'The Board has a "zero tolerance" of violent, disruptive, harassing, intimidating, bullying, or any other inappropriate behavior by its students.'

"... As the Superintendent of the Edgewood City Schools, I assure you that any social media threat will be taken seriously, including those who 'like' the post when it potentially endangers the health and safety of students or adversely affects the educational process."

Yes, of course. The all-important "educational process."

That makes it official: the leftist equation of language and other harmless acts with violence has become enshrined as truth among the pinheads running our children's indoctrination in "citizenship." "Zero tolerance," of course, means no discretion or reasonableness in the enforcement of decrees — a policy well suited to the rule of pinheads incapable of critical thought.

But the real tragedy is summed up by the following:

Cindy shared another post on Facebook after the suspension was lifted and wrote: "Just wanted to let everyone know that the matter we been dealing with over our son 'liking' a picture on Instagram has been resolved.

"Zach is not in any trouble whatsoever, nothing of this matter will be on his school record, it will be like it never ever happened.

"He got to go back to school, he gets to attend his dance and all other school functions.

"I want to say THANK YOU so much to all of our family, friends and all of you who shared our son's story, thank for all of your support, suggestions and kind words, with all of you by our side it made things so much easier to get through!"

So after Mr. Pencilnecker and the others to whom the parents have entrusted their child have revealed themselves to be brain-dead monsters, Mom and Dad are happy to send said child back to the tender embrace of those very same monsters. God knows what other politically correct horrors will be visited upon him as he is further educationally processed. Ω

May 10, 2017

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