In another case of barbaric “zero-tolerance” policy gone crazy, a Spalding County, Georgia middle school has suspended students who discussed a dress code violation prank on Facebook.
According to WSB-TV, one student’s Facebook post, and the subsequent sharing, commenting, and “liking” of other students got over two-dozen Cowan Road Middle School classmates suspended.
The post began with a simple request for classmates to wear red on Monday, then escalated on Thursday to “Everything they say we can’t wear, wear,” and, “We need the hallways packed and out of control.”
A 7th grader who did not even intend on participating in the prank, but commented, “I’m in,” was suspended. She said, “[a]nd (the principal was like, ‘OK, you’re a threat to our school.” and then she suspended me.”
Cristopher Cagle, a father of one of the students suspended, indicated that this is yet another incident of school administrators acting unilaterally without notification of children’s parents or guardians.
He said of the incident “To me it was just a bunch of 13-year-olds acting crazy. You should at least contact us first and let us know to be aware of this and that way we could’ve disciplined our own kid instead of y’all taking action against her.”
Cagle went on to say that when he spoke with the schools principal about the incident, she identified the actions of the middle-schoolers as a “[sic]terroristic threat.” Principal Rachelle Holloway did not return Police State Daily requests for comment.
The students are going to have to stand before a ‘tribunal’ to determine if more disciplinary action is ‘necessary.’
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This ofcoarse is not the first time such arbitrary rules have had adverse consequences.
It seems as if the ridiculous penumbra of school policies is also having negative consequences concerning dress code now.
Last year, a 5-year-old Oklahoma student was told to turn his University of Michigan shirt inside-out because it was not an Oklahoma school shirt. While the policy was meant to deter gangs, its collateral effects caused quite an outcry.
In 2011, a similar policy in Omaha, Nebraska led to Elizabeth Carey having her rosary banned at school. Superintendent Steve Sexton said rosaries have been used as gang-identification symbols in Oregon, Arizona and Texas, and so the policy is in place for “student safety.”
Some students are resisting some of these dress code policies however, deeming them unjust.
Recently, in Texas, 160 students were suspended for dress code violations
that were done in an attempt to change the school’s dress code policy.
Obviously the two dozen Georgia middle school students should not have been suspended for simply talking about breaking a rule. That’s ridiculous, and ventures into Minority Report style ‘thought-crime.’
Whether the middle-schoolers would have even went through with their poorly conceived plan remains unclear. What is clear however, is the heavy-handedness of impulsive school administrators who were excessively punitive when trying to enforce school policy.
This is what the government school system is for. Hammering down nails that stick out. Letting children know that choosing to abide by their own conscience and questioning the will of ‘authority’ is not an option. This is tantamount to slave training.
Consequently, it is the Prussian military-indoctrination system, developed to ensure military pawns followed orders without question, that American compulsory education is based on.
To successfully challenge such imprudent practices, we must first familiarize ourselves with the school policies and rules currently in place. People cannot effectively fight a rule they do not understand.
Secondly, we must challenge those rules if they are arbitrary.
Consider Lindsey Stocker, who, whether or not you agree with her ideas, challenged a Canadian high school’s dress code policy because they inadvertently “contribute to rape culture.”
The media storm that followed was generally favorable of Lindsey’s cause, and whether or not she succeeded in changing dress code policy at her school, her actions may very well be a reference when other school administrators decide on dress code policies in the future.
If we perform seemingly small acts of resistance to stupid school policies, we may become highly effective paragons in the struggle against these policies, especially zero-tolerance ones.