18 Signs Life In U.S. Public Schools Now Equivalent To Life In U.S. Prisons

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 06/01/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Do you think the way some of these students were treated is justified by the way times have changed?



Would you ever send your child to a school that has a police officers and medal detectors when they walk into school??





In the United States today, our public schools are not very good at educating our students, but they sure are great training grounds for learning how to live in a Big Brother police state control grid. Sadly, life in many U.S. public schools is now essentially equivalent to life in U.S. prisons. Most parents don’t realize this, but our students have very few rights when they are in school. Our public school students are being watched, tracked, recorded, searched and controlled like never before. Back when I was in high school, it was unheard of for a police officer to come to school, but today our public school students are being handcuffed and arrested in staggering numbers. When I was young we would joke that going to school was like going to prison, but today that is actually true.



The following are 18 signs that life in our public schools is now very similar to life in our prisons….



#1 Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has announced that school officials can search the cell phones and laptops of public school students if there are “reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school.”



#2 It came out in court that one school district in Pennsylvania secretly recorded more than 66,000 images of students using webcams that were embedded in school-issued laptops that the students were using at home.



#3 If you can believe it, a “certified TSA official” was recently brought in to oversee student searches at the Santa Fe High School prom.



#4 A few years ago a class of 3rd grade students at one Kentucky elementary school were searched by a group of teachers after 5 dollars went missing. During the search the students were actually required to remove their shoes and their socks.



#5 At one public school in the Chicago area, children have been banned from bringing their lunches from home. Yes, you read that correctly. Students at that particular school are absolutely prohibited from bringing lunches from home. Instead, it is mandatory that they eat the food that the school cafeteria serves.



#6 The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending huge amounts of money to install surveillance cameras in the cafeterias of public schools so that government control freaks can closely monitor what our children are eating.



#7 A teenager in suburban Dallas was recently forced to take on a part-time job after being ticketed for using bad language in one high school classroom. The original ticket was for $340, but additional fees have raised the total bill to $637.



#8 It is not just high school kids that are being ticketed by police. In Texas the crackdown extends all the way down to elementary school students. In fact, it has been reported that Texas police gave “1,000 tickets” to elementary school kids over a recent six year period.



#9 A few months ago, a 17 year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father’s lunch with her to school. It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples. So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this? The school suspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.



#10 A little over a year ago, a 6 year old girl in Florida was handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.



#11 In early 2010, a 12 year old girl in New York was arrested by police and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk. “I love my friends Abby and Faith” was what she reportedly wrote on her desk.



#12 There are actually some public schools in the United States that are so paranoid that they have actually installed cameras in student bathrooms.



#13 Down in Florida, students have actually been arrested by police for bringing a plastic butter knife to school, for throwing an eraser, and for drawing a picture of a gun.



#14 The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that it will begin using analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents and will place “potential offenders” in specific prevention and education programs.



#15 A group of high school students made national headlines a while back when they revealed that they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a visit to the Lincoln Memorial.



#16 In some U.S. schools, armed cops accompanied by police dogs actually conduct surprise raids with their guns drawn. In this video, you can actually see police officers aiming their guns at school children as the students are lined up facing the wall.



#17 Back in 2009, one 8 year old boy in Massachusetts was sent home from school and was forced to undergo a psychological evaluation because he drew a picture of Jesus on the cross.



#18 This year, 13 parents in Duncan, South Carolina were actually arrested for cheering during a high school graduation.

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Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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This is just another example of taking one or two extremes (IF any of this is even true) and acting as if all schools in the US are like that.

It's unfortunate because people outside of the US think this is the norm. It's ridiculous.

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Dana - posted on 06/02/2011

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Well, there are certainly competitive moms in the US who want only the best for their children. Which is why laws had to be passed that you couldn't enroll your child in just any school district, you have to go to the public school within your district or enroll your child in a private school.

Jenn - posted on 06/02/2011

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You're right - the links were off topic, but it was to make the point of why non American's have that view as you mentioned. And no, they're not all in the same area - I joined a mommy group when I was preggo with my son 6 years ago and we all still talk regularly through that board and FB. One of them lives in Hawaii, some are in FL (plus I have a couple of friends in FL from when I lived there), some are in AZ, some are in MI, etc. - they're all over the map. And yes, they seriously all talk about having to get into the best school, or charter schools, and a few of them mentioned that if they have to lie about their address they will.

Dana - posted on 06/02/2011

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You said this "and all of the American's that I know personally all talk about having to get your kid in the best school, and people lying about their address to go to a different school, etc."



When people do that it's because they're looking for a better education for their children outside of their particular school district. There are plenty of other people here in the US that are happy with their schools in their district and stay there. Which is why it's surprising that ALL the Americans that you know say they do this. Are they all congregated in the same shitty school district?



And yes, I didn't mean to imply that you said that all American schools suck, I was just going off of the links you posted which were a tad off topic with the OP. Nor do I think that the links show that the OP is common practice.

Jenn - posted on 06/02/2011

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Dana - thinking about "the best school possible" just isn't something that I, or others I know in Canada, think about. You go to the school in the area you live in. I'm sure that there are Canadians who think this way - but none that I have personally encountered. I don't doubt that in bigger cities there are bigger, newer schools, that offer a wider range of classes, but I am quite confident that in our small town area, our kids are still receiving an excellent education.

And I didn't say that American schools suck, but you brought up how people not in the US think that these things are normal and I was telling you why it seems that way, and according to the link I posted, it would appear to be true for the most part.

Lacye - posted on 06/01/2011

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Um........ I graduated from school 7 years ago and we didn't have any of those things. They were never that severe with us. The schools mentioned in the OP are not the norm here. I think most of these schools are in more populated places. Either way, it's pretty ridiculous.

Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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Doesn't everyone want their child in the best school possible? You can't tell me all Canadian schools are equal. There are some schools that have better education than others everywhere in the world...





So what, now we're talking about how American schools suck, poverty in America, etc...not what the OP is about?

Jenn - posted on 06/01/2011

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I'm sure there are great schools there, but all of the media portrays things in a very negative light, and all of the American's that I know personally all talk about having to get your kid in the best school, and people lying about their address to go to a different school, etc. None of the Canadian's that I know do that stuff. Then there's things like this: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story...
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/11/2...

Sherri - posted on 06/01/2011

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Well we have a police officer on the grounds but he teaches in the schools and it is only one that goes from school to school all 6 of ares. I also think these are more the exceptions not necessarily the rules because none of this happens in any of the areas where I live. Although I will tell you with this new sue happy, never my child mentality with parents. Schools are required to take things to the extreme rather than let it go with a slap on the wrist as they would have when I was a kid. Why because parents will go ballistic if they don't, schools are really in a lose, lose situation. They are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/01/2011

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Hmm. I grew up in a town that didn't even have cops at all. If there was a problem they called the next town over. So this is just all very foreign to me. Probably a good thing too. Nobody would have been able to smoke their pot. Not even the teachers. Okay, maybe not everyone would think that's good. But I'm telling you, Mr. Parent's afternoon English classes were legendary.

September - posted on 06/01/2011

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Well I went to a school that had an officer on the grounds during operating hours and it actually made me feel pretty safe to be honest. Some of these examples are straight up dumb! I'll be sure to do lots of research prior to our son starting school. We've thought about private schools but we'll pass on private schools here in Seattle since most of them have NO diversity what's so ever and are full of privileged, snotty children. I'm ok with public schools but I'll be sure to study up before picking one for our son.



Edit to add: I'm sure you can find one or two crappy schools regardless of where you live.

Christy - posted on 06/01/2011

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I agree some of these situations are down right ridiculous. But I graduated 19 years ago (YIKES!) from Maryland and even back then we had a police officer that was assigned to our school. He was always there.

With school stabbings and shootings, don't you think it's a good idea to take precautions? I think the larger the school is, the more need we have of keeping our children safe. I currently live in Utah and we're looking at 2000-3000 kids in a high school. You bet there's going to be problems. Without precautions, how does a principal prevent major issues?

Another point I'd like to make is about U.S. prisons. I'm not a big movie watcher, but a couple weeks ago, my husband and I sat down in front of the TV to watch movies and two in a row had a quote, "I'm not afraid of American prisons, they're heavenly compared to Russian life." or something to that effect. Our prisoners have it good. Free education, free meals, free lawyers if they can't afford to pay for one, a chance to get out early even if they're guilty, and the list goes on. So I could get thrown in prison and walk out with a degree. NICE!

Yes, we compare our local middle school to a prison. It has no windows in any of the classrooms. UGH! I hate that! But I also make sure my kids are well behaved and know how to follow the rules so they're not the ones causing trouble.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/01/2011

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Holy hell, me too Jenn. And glad to have gone to school in the 80s and 90s instead of now.

I was not a horrible kid (other than my rampant skipping of classes in grade 12, but I still got straight As so bugger school), but I'd have been guilty of bad language in high school and I had the wooooorst tantrum in kindergarten when they told me I had to leave the playhouse before I was ready. Mental institution?

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