November 27, 2007, - 5:33 pm

Public Schools’ “Police State” Behavior Run Amok

By Debbie Schlussel
Many public schools in America, today, are run exactly like they would be in a Communist state. Anything goes when it comes to what is taught there. Nothing is too ridiculous. But when it comes to “discipline,” schools go overboard acting like a Communist police state (and don’t actually discipline anyone for truly objectionable behavior).
I’ve written about this phenomenon before.
No, I’m not talking about things like dogs sniffing lockers for drugs (which I think is reasonable). I’m talking about this from the Detroit suburb of Belleville, Michigan (thanks to reader Mike for the tip):

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Ferris Bueller Might Do Time in Belleville

Cameron Coleman has been anxious for weeks.
He is having trouble sleeping. He is failing his science class.
And he is fearful each day when he goes to school, ever since he was ticketed by a school resource officer for “skipping class” while retrieving his jacket from the bathroom during his lunch hour.
Now, the 11-year-old South Middle School student must appear in court on Dec. 6 with his parents for a mandatory interview with a juvenile probation officer to determine his penalty for the disorderly person charge, a misdemeanor offense.
“You don’t charge an 11-year-old kid with anything,” said Cameron’s father, William Coleman. “If it was a gun or knife or a threat to the school I can see it. But that’s a bit too much.”
Cameron, an average student who has missed three days this year for having the flu twice and a Staph infection last month, has been tardy only a handful of times, Coleman said. Most times, it’s because he takes too long in the bathroom. Frequent trips are a side effect of medication he takes to control his genetic condition — chronic granulomatous disease, a rare illness that causes repeated bacterial infections.
Coleman said he’s made many trips and phone calls to the Van Buren Public Schools seeking answers since his son was instructed to bring home the appearance ticket.
On Oct. 29, Coleman said, Cameron was permitted to use the bathroom at the start of his lunch period. Afterward, while waiting in the lunch line, he remembered he’d left his jacket in the bathroom and returned to retrieve it. When he exited, school resource officer Kris Faull of the Belleville Police Department ticketed and detained him. Cameron was held in the school office for several hours, deprived of lunch and forced to miss a make-up test in his science class, which resulted in a failing grade for the marking period.
Even worse, Coleman said, his concerns have been ignored by district officials and the officer who wrote the ticket.
“I wanted to know why it was so important to punish him this way,” Coleman said. “The cop was belligerent and told me she’d take me downtown and press charges against me.”

Stalin would be proud. Ferris Bueller is lucky he took his day off in the ’80s. Today, he’d be headed for court.
Save Ferris . . . AND Cameron Coleman.

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10 Responses

Debbie, I don’t know how old the average age of the posters here is but when I went to Middle and High School we had what was then known as “lockers”. When my daughter graduated in the class of 2000 lockers were largely a thing of the past. Why? Because of guns and drugs. They (guns and drugs) were too easy to hide in lockers. Druggies and Gangsters screwed it up for everyone for all time. Bare in mind I live in the Harbor Area of Los Angeles and we have a serious gang and drug problem here, so it’s understandable why police dogs have to search lockers. However, the school in the story above has its priorities seriously screwed up. Here, the teachers unions have the L.A. school system so fouled up they may never get back to the three R’s. What we need to do is quit the touchy feely bullshit that now permeates our school systems and return to learning.

Rich B on November 27, 2007 at 6:12 pm

I’m 25 and I graduated in 2001. In my senoir year, we didn’t use lockers becuase most of the school was being remodeled. I think that’s partly to do with why we didn’t use lockers that year. I haven’t visited my high school in a while so I dunno if they’re sitll using the lockers or not.
Rich is 100% right. The public school system has gotten away from learning and more into how to make a child into a puppet of a society that is run by death busters. I’m glad I graduated BEFORE they took full control.

Squirrel3D on November 27, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Signs of the times, Debbie. Our youngest son started high school in ’98 in a new building in “small town” Colorado. There were purposely no lockers included in the new building for the above mentioned drug and weapon problems. During his time there, through his graduation in ’02, the school got bigger but still no lockers were ever planned. Hence, kids carried 60lb. backpacks around the school to each class. And their coats in winter. Wonderful society we’ve hatched. And now, no shred of common sense will ever be found in any school administration in America. Cameron’s story proves it. How many times a day in how many school districts does that happen across this land? And how many other mindless, clueless, incompetent hall monitors exist, handing out tickets that never should have been issued? Cameron’s principal should have had the intelligence and the gonads to tear up the ticket and royally chew the monitor’s butt for issuing it. Jeez.

Floyd R. Turbo on November 27, 2007 at 7:34 pm

The worst part these days is the Marxist “multiculturalism” that the anti-American public school socialists feel every student should be brainwashed into accepting. Recently, a Catholic grad school classmate stated that her son and all the other students in his school were told to use “B.C.E.” and “C.E.” instead of “B.C.” and “A.D.” (and this is Virginia, not Massachusetts or Oregon). I guess it was not to offend Muslims. Public schools are a communist state where no one is to be allowed to escape (no school vouchers or choice). It is going to get worse because they have almost total control.

Gabe on November 27, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Does anybody have a solution to this craziness in our schools? What the hell is this crap of handing out ‘tickets’? When the police were introduced into the schools it was because of the drug problem. At least that is what we were told. Who has granted authority to the police to write ‘tickets’ to students in the schools? Why aren’t parents going to the principles and demanding answers? Again, I say that the voting booth is not the answer because we have been down that road and look where it has gotten us. We vote out one group of communists to vote in another group of communists!! We keep talking about ‘taking back our schools’ or ‘taking back our government’ but talking about it achieves nothing. People need to put their heads together in each community and decide a course of action. Unless these ‘leaders’ see that the natives are restless the status will never change. A bully knows that if there is nothing to fear then that bully has no fear. We are being encircled by so many factions in our government and police and we better start reacting before it is too late!! I know that I am outspoken in my views but there were many Patriots who were not afraid of a fight and they took it to the British and kicked their ass!! We have gone from a Nation of Riflemen to a nation of wussys.

newinnewark on November 27, 2007 at 10:38 pm

Just exactly what ‘resources’ does a ‘resource’ officer bring to the school environment? Is this another PC way of saying ‘gestapo’? What was this moron cop going to charge the parent with? Is this one more way that a cop can feel powerful in the community by picking on kids? Sonofabitch this subject has really roasted my ass!! In the past week we hear of cops killing innocent people inside of their own home. We have cops using the taser right and left on folks. Police have taken it upon themselves to eliminate family pets whenever it suits their needs. Now we have police strong arming people inside of our schools……this is complete and total BULLSHIT!!

newinnewark on November 27, 2007 at 10:53 pm

I agree tenfold with “newinnewark” on this…it’s not only bullshit, it’s militaristic. As far as cops abusing their authority by tasering every dirtbag or killing innocent people, I wouldn’t stretch it that far. Yes, there are a few ego-maniacal jerks out there that make the rest of us look bad(yes, I am in law enforcement) and all we can do is try to weeds those turds out. I know…I’ve worked with some that belong behind bars if not feedin’ worms.
This crap with the schools and corporal punishment has gotten out of control. We’ve become such a de-nutted society that we refuse to make kids accountable for their misbehavior. I just read about Massachusetts trying to outlaw spanking period statewide; doesn’t matter if it’s at school, the mall, or in the privacy of your home. Now they want to dictate how to conduct your personal affairs! Of course, what else do you expect from the home state of Ted “Crash Bridges” Kennedy?

1shot1kill on November 28, 2007 at 9:28 am

Well once agian I’m gonna say it: WE GOTTA START STEPPING UP AND TAKE CONTROL FROM THE DEATH BUSTERS! Me…I can’t do it by myself. But lately I’ve had other people younger than myself start realizing what is going on around them…and I hope this snowballs. The public school system is at the point of needing to be gutted of all the psychonut filth that controls them.

Squirrel3D on November 28, 2007 at 10:14 am

I went ahead and emailed the governor of Michigan by going to http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-21995-65331–,00.html
I made sure to mention Detroit being the “most dangerous city” and kind-of asked how long she could let Detroit embarrass her whole state.
This stuff is absolutely sickening. When did kids start getting treated like adult criminals?

Anthony on November 28, 2007 at 1:32 pm

OUCH!
But I think he’ll actually have a case and win, especially if he can argue a medical condition. Good luck!

hairymon on November 29, 2007 at 12:25 pm

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