I blame Deepak Chopra for the news item below. Surely, this is a side-effect of some other meditation he did. Maybe it was something about really, really stupid 'education authorities'.
(April 3) -- When 12-year-old Alexa Gonzalez was caught doodling on her desk at Junior High School 190 in Queens, New York, she expected detention and an afternoon on desk-cleaning duty. Instead, she was arrested, led out of her school in handcuffs and detained at a local police precinct for hours, she said. ... Gonzalez describes the ordeal as traumatizing and excessive, saying that after her Spanish teacher caught her doodling on her desk with erasable green marker, she was "physically dragged by a teacher and an assistant principal" to the dean's office, where school safety officials searched her by placing "their hands inside the rear and front pockets of her jeans." Police were then summoned to arrest her. Gonzalez told the Daily News she broke down as she was led out of her school in handcuffs. "I started crying, like, a lot," said said. "I made two little doodles. ... It could be easily erased. To put handcuffs on me is unnecessary." ...Comacho [the mother] was not permitted to accompany her daughter to the precinct and was instead told to go home and wait for a call. ... Gonzalez was detained in "an enclosed room" at the precinct and handcuffed to a pole for more than two hours. ... What were the doodled words that led to her arrest? "I love my friends Abby and Faith," Gonzalez said she wrote, adding "Lex was here. 2/1/10" and a smiley face.
The mother is suing the school and the municipality, of course. Damn right! These kinds of things seem to happen more and more; and not just in the US. Australia and New Zealand are right on track to follow them into this kind of insanity. Remember the no-hugging thing! And I kind-of wonder what would have happened if either of my daughters—now, and for quite some time, safely beyond schooling age, both of them; and what a relief that is!—would have brought weapons-wielding Playmobil figurines into the school.
I'm thinking 'psychiatrist'; though s/he'll probably be sanitized to 'counsellor' or 'violence management specialist'; or, to santitize the word 'violence' out of the last phrase: 'pediatric adverse behavior pattern management consultant'.
Really, what's happening in today's schools and the 'educational system' is going beyond the mere 'occasionally bizarre' and is rapidly turning into the 'fairly common outright ugly' or just plain 'sick in the head'. With a huge amount of hypocrisy being added to the mix, mainly in the area of schoolyard bullying, plus the pervasive 'make them into good citizens' brainwashing that's more than 50% of today's so-called 'curriculum', I don't think that I'd feel comfortable at all sending kids to school nowadays.
Still, compared with civil-liberty-disaster countries like Germany—where it is actually illegal to home-school your child; punishable, potentially at least, by jail and the state taking away custody of the child from the parents concerned—I suppose we should consider ourselves fortunate indeed.