Kids Suspended From School For Using Airsoft Gun…While Not At School

“It’s terrible. I won’t get the chance to go to a good college,” Khalid said. “It’s on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren’t going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun and I was trying to hurt someone…”

Excerpts, NY Daily News – “A seventh-grade student was suspended from his Virginia middle school for shooting an airsoft gun — yet the 13-year-old boy was not using the “zombie hunter” on school property or even at the local bus stop, he claims.

A three-member disciplinary panel unanimously voted to suspend Larkspur Middle School student Khalid Caraballo for one year, a Virginia Beach city public schools official told the Daily News on Tuesday. However, the panel voted to hold the suspension in abeyance to allow Khalid to attend an alternative education program at Renaissance Academy Middle School.

“Because students were on their way to or at a school bus stop when they were struck by pellets, the school division has jurisdiction to take disciplinary actions against those students responsible for the disruption,” school principal Matthew Delaney said in a statement before the hearing took place. “There is an expectation that all students should be able to travel to and from school in the safest environment possible.”

A total of three students were suspended for firing the guns, according to WAVY.

Khalid’s mother is upset with her son because he played with the gun without her permission, but she is baffled that the school believes they have the right to punish him. In his statement, the principal says that “a child was only 10 feet from the bus stop” while the students were playing with the guns. The Caraballos’ home is located 70 yards away from the bus stop, according to WAVY.” Full Story Here

“My son is my private property,” Solangel Caraballo told WAVY in Virginia. “He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus and goes to school…”

 

Hundreds of Children Detained, Tortured

I swear…the whole fucking world has gone insane…absotively, posolutely, infuckingsane.

Why do we hate children so much? (Or hate each other so much, for that matter?)

Torture? Imprison? Hang? Electrocute?

CHILDREN??

Here, there and everywhere – humans seem to have lost all ability to reason or feel compassion.

Why…just…why?!

There is no reason for this; no reason for so much of what is going on in this world that rattles my brain so hard I swear it is going to scrape it’s way out of my skull and run away screaming…Ugh.

Here’s the story from The Independent

“Almost all the children I know of who were arrested after 25 January have been tortured…”

“Hundreds of children – some as young as nine – have been illegally detained and in many cases tortured by the Egyptian police following the protests which erupted after the second anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

In what lawyers and activists say is a retrenchment of state brutality akin to the worst abuses of power during Hosni Mubarak’s regime, large numbers of children have been unlawfully imprisoned in camps used by Egypt’s central security forces.

Rights groups say that many of those detained have been subjected to cruel mistreatment, including beatings, electrocution and “hanging” torture. Others were forced by their tormentors to strip naked before being drenched with cold water.

One lawyer said he believed that up to 400 children, many of them barely teenagers, may have been rounded up during police operations following the outbreak of street clashes on 25 January, the anniversary of Egypt’s rebellion two years ago.”

If you can stomach it, the full story can be found Here.

USDA, School Lunch Reform & Aramark

(NaturalNews) With huge fanfare and an overdose of propaganda, the U.S. government is announcing it’s going to reform school lunches and vending machines to eliminate junk beverages like sodas. “Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday, school vending machines would start selling water, lower-calorie sports drinks, diet sodas and baked chips instead,” reports the Washington Post.

Except, here’s the problem: We heard this same hoax six years ago when Bill Clinton was widely applauded for achieving the very same “reform” back then…

…Er, hold on a sec. Why is the USDA saying it’s going to ban sugary sodas in 2013 when Forbes.com reported that Bill Clinton already solved the problem in 2006?

Because it’s all a hoax.

Four years after Bill Clinton’s supposed “victory” over soda manufacturers, sodas had vastly EXPANDED their reach in U.S. schools.

The US government is in bed with junk food manufacturers

The US government has no intention of hurting the profits of its most powerful supporters: food and drug corporations. Forcing school lunches to become healthier means reduced profits for the processed food giants that supply all the genetically modified, chemically-preserved, refined, processed, nutrient-deprived crap that our children are raised on.

The goal of the USDA – the same department that has completely sold out to Monsanto, for the record — is to make it appear like they are doing something to improve the health of children while, in actuality, doing nothing to restrict the profit growth of junk food companies.

Remember: We’ve seen this same hoax before, back in 2006 with Bill Clinton. That too was praised as something of a “treaty” with junk food companies and soda manufacturers. But as I said back then, it was all a publicity stunt designed to delay any legislation. And it worked! No laws were passed and the soda continues to be sold to children all across our nation’s schools.

Read Full Article on Natural News

Learn more about our school lunches served via Aramark…the same corporation that serves the same menu to prisoners as they do school children.

Aramark & The War on School Food

Caging Our Kids

“The YIA cellblock is home to 53 kids who are rarely permitted to leave the unit, due to the dangers posed by the adult prisoners just outside their door. But once a youth offender turns 18, they begin the immediate transition into the general prison population, where thousands of adult prisoners await…”

And as if locking children up for longer periods of time than many adults will ever serve isn’t shameful enough, we make matters worse when we then isolate them in solitary confinement. They get no human comfort or contact, no education, no mental health care…the system literally helps to drive troubled young kids stark raving mad.

children behind bars

Is this really the best we can do for our kids…for our future??

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Kids In Cages

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“The SHU” “The Hole” “Control Units” “Isolation Cells”…”HELL”…”Deprivation Chambers”…”Mind Destroyers”…”Madness Makers”…

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“Hello Kitty” Terrorist Plot Prevented By School

Why the hell even bother sending kids to school? Wouldn’t it save The State $$ if they just started all kids on probation from age 4 and skip the IDIOTIC pretense that school is ‘for the good’ of the children instead of what it is…a monstrous mechanism that exists solely to prepare children for 2 paths – debt slave or outright imprisoned slave.

This story is just so far over the top that it makes my head spin like a merry-go-round on steroids…

“A 5-year-old girl was suspended from school earlier this week after she made what the school called a “terrorist threat.”

Her weapon of choice? A small, Hello Kitty automatic bubble blower.

The kindergartner, who attends Mount Carmel Area Elementary School in Pennsylvania, caught administrators’ attention after suggesting she and a classmate should shoot each other with bubbles.

“I think people know how harmless a bubble is. It doesn’t hurt,” said Robin Ficker, an attorney for the girl’s family. According to Ficker, the girl, whose identity has not been released, didn’t even have the bubble gun toy with her at school. 

The kindergartner was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation during her 10-day suspension, which was later reduced to two days. The evaluation deemed the girl normal and not a threat to others, Ficker said.”

Full Story Here

Teens escape J. Paul Taylor Center After Tying Up Female Officer

How many more problems is it going to take before taxpayers in Dona Ana county demand an investigation into the juvenile detention center? How are we rehabilitating children in an environment that cannot even keep employees, never mind teenage offenders, safe from harm? Why are we not demanding decent conditions and care for our young offenders and why can’t we ensure that older and more violent offenders are dealt with as they should be – in the ADULT penitentiary rather than a low-security youth facility?

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School Surveillance: How Big Brother Spies on Pupils

Disturbing trend in more than just the US. Why are parents so quick to send their kids to a school that indoctrinates them with false fear(s) and then offers up the most invasive ‘solutions’ possible. How can children attending schools that resemble prisons, without any civil rights possible learn about Freedom..?

‘Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that increasingly have come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the schools of the 21st century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence.”

So reads a passage from the opening pages of Lockdown High, a new book by the San Francisco-based journalist Annette Fuentes. Subtitled “When the schoolhouse becomes the jailhouse”, it tells a story that decisively began with the Columbine shootings of 1999, and from across the US, the text cites cases that are mind-boggling: a high-flying student from Arizona strip-searched because ibuprofen was not allowed under her school rules; the school in Texas where teachers can carry concealed handguns; and, most amazingly of all, the Philadelphia school that gave its pupils laptops equipped with a secret feature allowing them to be spied on outside classroom hours.

Just about all the schools Fuentes writes about are united by a belief in that most pernicious of principles, “zero tolerance”. Their scanners, cameras and computer applications are supplied by a US security industry that seems to grow bigger and more insatiable every year. And as she sees it, their neurotic emphasis on security has plenty of negative results: it renders the atmosphere in schools tense and fragile, and in coming down hard on young people for the smallest of transgressions, threatens to define their life chances at an early age – because, as she puts it, “suspensions and academic failure are strong predictors of entry into the criminal justice system”. There is also, of course, the small matter of personal privacy.

via School surveillance: how big brother spies on pupils | UK news | The Guardian.

Kidnapping Hoax May Land Teen Couple in Hot Water

Proving once again that teenage brains are capable of making the most ridiculous and badly thought out choices…

From SLC Tribune  “…Charges are being screened against a 17-year-old boy who falsely claimed he was kidnapped so he could stay at his girlfriend’s house instead of going home.

Salt Lake City police said the boy did not want to return home Monday night at his father’s request. They boy then sent a text to his dad that stated he would never see his son again…”

Read More at Kidnapping hoax may land teen couple in hot water | The Salt Lake Tribune.

Best Treatment For At Risk Kids Is To Be Sold Out For Profit?

Unsuccessful escape attempt

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Tsk, tsk New Mexico! Is this really the best we can do for the children of this state? Where on earth did our lawmakers get the idea that it is okay to turn the fate and future of our kids over to a for-profit corporation? Could it be that legislators are in bed with this insurance corporation, Optum Health?

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - “A shift in the way New Mexico treats juvenile offenders has left some children adrift in their communities and in need of services, according to sources in the juvenile justice system.

“I believe that the current system needs a lot of work,” said Yolanda Deines, secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

Take, for example, the current situation at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque, a state-run juvenile detention center. Once juvenile offenders are sentenced, they are sent to the facility to determine what kind of treatment they need and where they will receive it.

That process is supposed to take three weeks, but is now taking up to three months…”

Read Full Article Here On KRQE

Sissy Cops Pepper Spray 8 Year Old Brat

POLICE used pepper spray twice on a Colorado second grader who threatened them with a sharpened piece of wood after teachers called for backup when the boy had a tantrum.”

What a nation of pussies we have become if the best anyone can do to gain control of an 8 year old child is to give two warnings and proceed straight to pepper spray. A police force of fully grown men couldn’t find a more reasonable way to get a stick away from a little boy, seriously? Shameful…

Apologies to all decent officers out there; the intent is not to claim all cops are sissies nor to say that all officers would have handled this situation in the same irrational manner as the ones who responded to this call did.

Excerpt from Herald Sun

…A Lakewood Police report shows the shocking details of the eight-year-old’s meltdown at Glennon Heights Elementary, in the US, on February 22, 9News reported.
Teachers were so scared of the boy that they barricaded themselves in a room and called police because he was “spitting” at them and had broken “wood trim off the walls and [was] trying to stab [them] with it.”

…Police told the boy to drop the stick twice but he refused so officers used two doses of pepper spray to subdue the youngster. He was also handcuffed and later taken to a school for children with behavioral issues.

Read the Full Story Here

Fixing The Mistake With Young Offenders

Incarceration in the United States

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NYTimes Editorial 4-3-11

There is new evidence that state governments are finally understanding what a tragic mistake they made during the 1990s when they began trying ever larger numbers of children as adults instead of sending them to the juvenile justice system.

Prosecutors argued that harsh sentencing would protect the public from violent, youthful predators. But it has since turned out that most young people who spend time in jails and prisons are charged with nonviolent offenses. As many as half are never convicted of anything at all. In addition, research has shown that these young people are vulnerable to battery and rape at the hands of adult inmates and more likely to become violent, lifelong criminals than those who are held in juvenile custody.

A new study by the Campaign for Youth Justice, a Washington advocacy group, shows that state legislatures across the country are getting the message. In the last five years, the authors say, 15 states have passed nearly 30 pieces of legislation aimed at reversing policies that funnel a quarter of a million children into the adult justice system each year.

Ten states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana and Nevada, have cut the number of offenses that get youthful offenders automatically transferred to adult courts.

Three states have expanded the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts, so that children under 18 are no long automatically prosecuted as adults. And several states have limited the circumstances under which young people can be housed in adult lock-ups before or after conviction.

Momentum is building for similar reforms all across the country. For example, Nebraska is considering a bill that would give people sentenced as juveniles to life without parole an opportunity to petition for reductions.

Far too many children are still being sentenced by adult courts and confined to adult prisons. But this study shows that the tide has begun to turn.

How Do You Like It, White Boy?

Double standards of racism in America…

The propaganda being promoted all across our society from classrooms to street corners that some how ALL of us White Folk are responsible for misdeeds of a FEW Whites in the past has got to stop. Haven’t we had enough of it yet?

Our children are being beaten and attacked for their skin color; any other racial group would scream bloody murder so why is White America standing by silently as our kids are being persecuted for being of Euro-American heritage? The support for the New Black Panthers and multicultural tolerance being shoved down our throats is having an impact on our children and their future. Re: Kill Some White Crackers; Kill their Babies

We allow our children to sit in classrooms and be made to feel like dirt instead of being taught the truth – that it was White Americans who put an end to slavery and that slave trading is still common practice in Africa. Our own kind were slaves and poor White slaves often suffered worse conditions than Black slaves. Why is this not in our textbooks? Why aren’t kids being taught the COMPLETE history? If we would teach the truth about history then Black racism would be exposed for what it really is; straight up violent hatred that stems from their own self-induced glorified ghetto culture and NOTHING else.

If we told the truth, the victimization as an excuse for failure crutch would be ripped away from millions of the supposed ‘underprivileged/persecuted’ African communities. Their failure to accept personal responsibility for their own lives would be exposed under a huge, glaring spotlight. Billions of tax and special funding dollars would be lost to them as would the racially biased advantages that Affirmative Action created for them.

They might even have to step up and accept responsibility for the monsters among them like the ones in the article below who prey on young White boys not because of any past sins, but simply because their own culture does not encourage instilling decent behavior or moral values in their youth.

The Gran EmporiumTwo men have been arrested and charged with a hate crime for the four hour beating of a 16-year-old white teen for “enslaving their people.”As previously reported, Shane McClellan of West Seattle was beaten May 25 by two men, now identified as 22-year-old Ahmed Mohamed and 21-year-old Jonathan Baquiring.

Police say the men asked the teen for a light when he was walking home alone before kicking, punching and beating him with his own belt saying, This is for enslaving our people.”

During the attack which police said lasted four hours, the men peed on McClellan, put out cigarettes on his neck and poured energy beer on him while they have asked, “How do you like it white boy?”

The boy was left with a concussion and barely recognizable face while Mohamed and Baquiring were seen near the scene with dried blood on their hands and drinking the same type of energy beer poured on the victim.

Police did not arrest the men however but took samples of the blood on them for testing.

Both have been charged with first-degree robbery and malicious harassment, the state’s hate-crime statute.

Mohamed has been arrested; police are still looking for Baquiring.

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Shane McClellan After Brutal Racist

And if this  is what happens to young White kids on the street, imagine what happens to the ones unfortunate enough to land inside a detention facility where they are surrounded and outnumbered by mobs of gang-bangers who feel exactly as Mohamed and Baquiring do? Who speaks out on their behalf? Who is there to see to that these thugs are brought to justice for beatings, rape and violence against young incarcerated White kids? Why are we not doing more to protect our own children..?

Ghetto Youth Gone Wild on America’s Streets -

Beat Whitey Night In Iowa

White Girl Gets Beaten in Convenience Store

Bystanders filmed the attack but did nothing to help. 

Milwaukee Mall Riot

Halloween Brawl At Ghetto Denny’s

Ghetto Brawl at Hairshow

Crazy brawl at gas station

5th Graders In Prison Cells?

 

It is still rather hard to fathom how it is that we came to the point of placing 10 year old children in prison settings and facilities and yet claim to be one of the most advanced nations on earth. How much common sense does it take to see that except for in the most extreme of cases, yanking kids from their schools and home environments is not going to ‘rehabilitate’ them at all?

Excerpt from When a fifth-grader goes to jail By Holly Dillemuth  Illinois Times

“Fifth-graders are better off learning fractions than serving hard time. With that in mind, Rep. Annazette Collins wants to know why there are fifth-graders in Illinois youth detention centers.

Collins, a Chicago Democrat, is chief sponsor to a bill that would keep children as young as 10 out of detention centers altogether. Her proposed legislation, introduced in Janaury, would boost the minimum age of youth in detention centers from 10 to 13.

Collins has toured the detention facility in Cook County, and believes that children as young as 10 and as old as 12 should not be exposed to a detention center for any length of time.

“What are we going to do with a fifth-grader in jail?” Collins says. “And so it just makes sense that we would use all our resources first before we even keep them in detention.”

The Illinois State Bar Association is also supporting juvenile detention reform this spring.

“We’re trying to raise the bar, raise the awareness that there’s a need, a rather urgent need for reform in the juvenile justice area,” says Mark D. Hassakis, president of the Illinois State Bar Association. The ISBA partners with the Illinois Bar Foundation, a “charitable arm” of the ISBA, to explore legal issues like those in juvenile justice.             

Hassakis recently spent time touring Cook County’s detention center with Betsy Clark, president and founder of the Juvenile Justice Initiative. Hassakis promotes awareness of alternatives to incarceration for youth under the age of 18.

Collins reasons that youth as young as 10 should not be removed from their families. Children may be traumatized by the experience.”

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Back To Basics

Notice – there is no mention of corporations or profit-driven entities being a part of this process. Interesting…