My Opinion

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.

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4 thoughts on “My Opinion

  1. A demand by government that they seize your phone and search it violates the 4th amendment. Refusing a child the right to attend a class that is mandated by state law is similarly outrageous. If a child has been disruptive by making noises, throwing spitwads, etc., then she has to expect the teacher to protect the other kids’ right to that compulsory education, she has to expect consequences, but glancing at her phone doesn’t affect the other kids.

    School is about “teachable moments” and in this case, the teacher, the administrator, and the cop should have learned that when students are taught the constitution, they can expect students to act like Americans. You know what the technical term is for kids who automatically do anything their teacher asks them to do? They are called rape victims.

    Teachers, administrators and cops have *limited* authority over juveniles. THEY need to show respect, too!

    • I absolutely agree that they authority figures in this case could have handled things better; been more respectful.
      Not sure where that rape victim comment came from. I don’t think anyone should automatically do anything people tell them to and I never said that. But she was breaking a rule of the school that is not unreasonable.
      Should she have been asked to leave the classroom? I don’t know. But I think something should’ve been done. what kind of teachable moment would it have been if the teacher had just let it go? Wouldn’t that send the message that her and the other students don’t need to foolow the rules if they don’t feel like it?

      • What “rule of the school” did she violate? Don’t be inattentive?

        “School rules” are not laws. Neither do students have to agree to school rules in order to attend; attendance is compulsory. The administrators certainly need to challenge behavior that is disruptive, but she wasn’t making noise, standing, waving her arms, or throwing paper wads. She was sitting quietly.

        To curtail inattentiveness, the time-honored solution is a pop-quiz. Students that pass it are obviously sufficiently attentive.

        One is not required to obey any and every request of a law enforcement officer. If you do not obey, and the officer thinks your cooperation was needed, he can arrest you and read you your rights. He is not allowed to slam you around; a court will determine if you violated the law and specify your punishment if you did.

        Private schools are different. You may be contractually obliged to obey school rules in order to attend. But public school teachers, administrators and police officers do not have those contractual powers. If they are disrespectful of students, they need to tender their resignations – or be discharged.

      • To be fair, I can’t say with certainty that she broke a rule; I don’t know this particular school’s rules on cell phone use in the classroom. I just assume that, like most schools I know of, cell phone use isn’t allowed in the classroom. If a student is on their cell phone, they aren’t paying attention or participating in class. The whole situation was handled poorly to begin with; but could have been avoided.

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