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June 26, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Idiots.

SURPRISE, Ariz. — A 5-year-old boy in Surprise is accused of sexual misconduct for pulling his pants down on the playground. The mother of Eric Lopez says back in April, her son was on the playground at Ashton Ranch Elementary School when another student told him to pull his pants down or else he would do it for him. Erica Martinez’s son complied, pulling down his pants and underwear in front of several other students. When teachers saw what happened, they hauled Eric into the principal’s office where he was forced to sign a document that labeled his actions “sexual misconduct.” Eric received detention as punishment. Martinez says she was not present for the meeting and not notified about the incident until after the fact. “He’s a 5-year-old,” Martinez said, angrily. “He does not know right from wrong yet.”

They forced a little kid to sign a document, as if he is a grown man with legal training or something.

The mom tried to appeal. The school will have none of it; they would rather mess with a little kid than be reasonable, intelligent people. Because there is some “district policy” that expects totally adult behavior out of five-year-old boys.

The school responded in a letter saying it followed proper procedures and protocols. Dysart Unified School District policy labels indecent exposure as a form of sexual misconduct. Under the district rules, administrators must present the student with the accusations, but they are not required to have a parent present for the meeting unless a student specifically asks for his or her parent to be there. Martinez said her kindergartner did not know he had the right to do that and signed the documents because school administrators told him to.

Because he’s five.

Schools keeping doing stupid things like this to little boys, yet Bill Clinton is the education establishment’s patron saint.

Our country may be mentally ill.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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"when another student told him to pull his pants down or else he would do it for him."

We have anti-bullying campaigns, which it appears are as effective as #hashtag campaigns, because teachers and school administrators are such feckless cowards.

The first thing to do would be to ascertain the truth of the alleged threat to the 5 year old boy.

Let's assume it is true. The other kid, the bully, learned a valuable lesson. He learned that he could bully and the school system in particular and society in general will overlook it or cover for him.
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This little boy got bullied...twice.

And the Imbecile Torquemada forced him to sign a confession under duress.

I really, really, really don't like bullies. Bullies "trigger" me.

And if they ever pulled a stunt like that on my family, they would come perilously close to finding out what happens to bullies. They have NO authority to force a five year old to sign ANY document, of ANY type that would ordinarily require consent...that he can NEVER give.

These people deserve to be horsewhipped.
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The teachers and administrators should be charged with child abuse. This is insane and must be stopped.
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I would argue that telling a 5-year-old that he had committed "sexual abuse" is in itself a form of sexual abuse. You've just imprinted the concept into his mind.

Whomever is responsible ought to be charged.

I do, however, need to put in the caveat that these things are often not what they seem, and are often misreported. I do not have the facts; I may be in fact simply contributing here to slander.
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That boy's parents should haul the school district, the administrators, and the teacher's butts into court, collectively and severally. I guarantee that so-called "binding confession" will not stand, but I'm certain a lawsuit with punitive damages against the people who violated everything decent in education will.
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Let me get this straight ...now we expect children to act like Adults, so when they grow up they can live off the government (their new Mommy & Daddy)?
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To quote Mr. Reynolds...Tar...Feathers...
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May be?
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On the upside, it's impressive that a five year old can sign his name.
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A five-year-old may be able to write his name. Dang few five-year-old children could read a document about misconduct and understand it -- and the ones that could do so are in accelerated programs, not standard kindergarten.
His signature is not binding or valid by any reasonable standard.
It's true that small boys should keep their pants on in public and other small boys should leave them alone or play appropriately. That's what ordinary school discipline should be about.
There are a very few elementary school children who may be very disturbed and for whom this behavior represents a real warning sign. That calls for a different approach.
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It's gotten to the point that I think people that apply for a teaching position should have to submit to a psych exam because some of these people are obviously crazier than a shite-house rat. They have no business being around children. How the heck can they expect a 5 year old to understand the ramifications of signing a confession for Christs sake. Get rid of them and bring common sense back to the school yard. And punish that creepy little bully!
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The bully should have been punished. And, forcing a 5 year old to sign a confession is stupid and unprofessional.
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Lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit will be the only things that stop this.
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and school choice.
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This incident is a sure sign of what is coming in the immediate future in this nation. Stalin and associates perfected this "documented" confessional technique in the nineteen twenties. Somehow a coerced or torture induced signature is fine with these monsters.

As a cautionary note; be extra careful what you say to a medical "professional" as he or she enters data concerning you into the computer system. Anything entered can and will be used against YOU.
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