My current project at work is leaving me with plenty of time during the day to browse the internet. Some of the guys in the shop were talking about the cop in South Carolina that was fired for what happened with the student. I had heard about it but not read anything or watched the videos and decided to read up on it. I read multiple news sites and blogs; and watched the videos multiple times.
As a parent; if this happened to one of my kids I would be beyond livid. I would have many things to say to the officer, the school administrator, and the teacher; and I would probably not be very selective in my vocabulary. I would demand to be fully informed of any investigation by law enforcement and the school district. The officer had a history of issues with excessive force, even within the schools; why was he there? Who thought he should be in the school in the first place? It sickens me that it is necessary for there to be a police presence in the school at all; but why would this particular officer even still be allowed on the school grounds? I would immediately seek out whatever forms of counseling or therapy I could find to help my child deal with the trauma they went through.
However, I would also have some strong words for my child after all of that. Why, exactly, do you feel you can repeatedly defy authority? When you are in school, your teachers and the other school staff have authority over you; end of discussion. If you’re given a reasonable demand by one of them you have no reason to refuse. It is disrespectful and a poor reflection of your character. There is absolutely no reason this should have gotten to the point where the officer should have been involved. Yeah, teenagers are gonna break the rules at some point. When you are called out on it, own up to your mistake and deal with the consequences.
There is most definitely a problem in this country with our law enforcement and things need to change fast. But I strongly believe that this change begins with parents. Raise your children to treat everyone with respect. Teach them by example that everyone, authority figures, elders, peers, and those younger than you; are human beings just like you are and we are all worthy of respect. You don’t have to like them, or what they say to you or do to you, or what they believe; but you have to respect them. Teach your children that and live it out yourselves; and stories like these will be a thing of the past.
This is strictly my opinion, based on the facts I have found of this incident. There’s more to the story I’m sure and maybe my opinion will change. Right now, this is how I feel.