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K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Children Are Being Locked Away, Alone And Terrified, In Schools Across Illinois. Often It’s Against The Law. “The spaces have gentle names: The reflection room. The cool-down room. The calming room. The quiet room. But shut inside them, in public schools across the state, children as young as 5 wail for their parents, scream in anger and beg to be let out. The students, most of them with disabilities, scratch the windows or tear at the padded walls. They throw their bodies against locked doors. They wet their pants. Some children spend hours inside these rooms, missing class time. Through it all, adults stay outside the door, writing down what happens.”

I’m not saying that sending your kids to public school is parental malpractice, but . . . well, actually, yeah, I am.

RELYING ON COURTS TO PROTECT YOUR LIBERTIES IS DUBIOUS: Judge Upholds Suspension of the Pop-Tart Gun Kid. He had previously punched another kid in the nose, but that didn’t get similar treatment. “Poorly timed pastry-based playacting wasn’t his worst infraction, but in the months after Sandy Hook, teachers and administrators decided to treat it like it was. The huge overreaction to the Anne Arundel case was the result of a pattern of bad behavior, too—by school administrators who promote and enforce zero tolerance policies.”

Sending your kids to public school verges on parental malpractice, these days.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: High School Shames Student for Writing Politically Incorrect Essay It Knew Was Satire: Jonathan Swift “A Modest Proposal” assignment goes awry because everything is offensive.

Sending your kid to public school is pretty much parental malpractice these days.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Middle school election results (temporarily) withheld because the winners aren’t “diverse” enough (principal has backed down). But though this is evidence of why sending kids to public schools is parental malpractice, it did teach a valuable lesson about how educrats feel about the voice of the people.

TEXAS 14-YEAR-OLD TAKES HOMEMADE CLOCK TO SCHOOL, gets treated as terrorist. Police, school district refuse to apologize. And note this: “When he showed it to his teacher, explaining it was a clock, she said she thought it looked like a bomb. A few hours later, Ahmed found himself being questioned in a room with four cops, and then later in handcuffs on the way to a juvenile detention center.” So you thought it was a bomb — uh huh –and then you waited “a few hours” to do anything about it, but still treated it as terrorism. If you really think something’s a bomb, you don’t wait hours. If it can wait a few hours, you don’t need to go crazy.

Ken White’s take: “American lives are controlled by the thuggishly mediocre. The best measure of their control is this: when called out on their mediocre thuggery, they can comfortably double down.” I’m coming to believe that the only hope for addressing this phenomenon involves tar, feathers, and horsewhips.

Reminds me of this story. Note that when specifically warned about real terrorists, the Tsarnaev brothers, the law enforcement community twiddled its thumbs.

Also, sending your kids, especially boys, to public school is parental malpractice. You’ve been warned.

UPDATE: People are making a big deal about the kid’s name being Ahmed, but Razib Khan points out that school-administrator thuggishness knows no racial bounds.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him: Why is it okay for public school officials to place totally unnecessary, soul-crushing restrictions on students? Sending your kids, even boys, to public school isn’t exactly child abuse, but it’s looking more and more like parental malpractice.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: 6-year-old suspended after pointing at classmate in shape of gun.

Six-year-old Elijah goes to Stratton Meadows Elementary School. On Monday, he pointed at a classmate in the shape of a gun and said, “You’re dead.”

According to his behavior report, an administrator spoke with him about what being dead means and about not confusing “make-believe” or things in games with reality. And he received a one-day suspension for threats against peers.

“I know they have zero tolerance, but more of a maybe no recess,” his dad, Austin Thurston said. “Going as far as a one-day suspension is a little extreme for a six-year-old in a first-grade class.”

A spokesperson for Harrison School District 2, which Stratton Meadows is a part of, couldn’t give specifics about the case, because it’s part of the student’s personal record. But she said school administrators feel they issued the appropriate disciplinary action.

Sending your kids to public school — especially if they’re boys — is looking more and more like parental malpractice.

WHY SENDING YOUR KIDS TO PUBLIC SCHOOL MAY BE PARENTAL MALPRACTICE: LA Schools Blame Girl for Sex With Teacher — And what’s more, the district wins its civil suit.


K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: A 5-year-old boy in Surprise is accused of sexual misconduct for pulling his pants down on the playground. Sending a child — especially a boy — to public school is looking more and more like parental malpractice.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Girl, 10, not allowed to bring sunscreen on field trip due to ‘toxic’ nature.

Sunscreen is one of the best protectors from the sun, but North East Independent School District parent Christy Riggs said her child wasn’t allowed to bring sunscreen to campus and suffered the burning consequences.

Riggs said her 10-year-old daughter went on a school field trip recently and came back sun-burned. Riggs said district policy didn’t allow her daughter to bring sunscreen to reapply.

“When you have a school field trip or a field day (in) which they’re out there for an extended period of time, they should be allowed to carry sunscreen and reapply,” said Riggs.

Riggs said skin cancer runs in her family and her father recently passed away from it.

But, NEISD spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said sunscreen is considered a medication, something children need a doctor’s note to have at school.

“Typically, sunscreen is a toxic substance, and we can’t allow toxic things in to be in our schools,” Chancellor said.

Oh, they’re toxic already. Is it turning into parental malpractice to send your kids to public schools?

WAR ON MEN: In Schools, Redefining Boyhood As A Disease. Yet another reason to wonder if sending your kids to public school is some sort of parental malpractice.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: An inconvenient child: My six-year-old son was suspended as a danger to others. His crime? A disability you could find in any classroom.

Within two hours of the inspector informing the principal that our family was cleared, she abruptly changed tack. Instead of accusing us of abusing our son, she now accused our son of sexually assaulting other children. The principal called me at work shortly after lunch that day and told me to collect my son. . . .

Looking back, the most charitable interpretation I can put on the whole experience is that maybe when large bureaucracies start moving in one direction, they reach a point when they can no longer resist their own momentum. Someone at the school made a bad judgment about our son, the system clanked into motion and from then on there was no stopping it. It certainly felt like we were caught in a machine that had no guilt about telling lies, no inhibitions about destroying children and families. And as far as we could see, there was no reason for any of it other than carelessness and arrogance and, in the end, self-protection. It served no function except, perhaps, to save the district some money on movement therapy. When the judge asked what could possibly justify the open-ended suspension of a first-grader from school, the district declared that our son presented ‘a danger to others’ – including a danger to the adults at the school. By this stage, our son was six years and eight months old.

Is sending your kids to public school parental malpractice?

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Jewish dad questions homework assignment, gets investigated for being a ‘neo-Nazi.’ I’m beginning to think that putting your kids in public schools is parental malpractice. And I think the teachers’ union president should be fired, and sued. The only way to address this kind of stuff is to make examples of people; right now there’s a culture of impunity.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Coventry Student Suspended for Keychain. “NBC10′s Tony Gugliotta reports tonight that a seventh-grade student in Coventry public schools has been suspended for three days after his friend took a two-inch keychain shaped as gun from his backpack.” This counts as a “firearm replica?” It’s a key fob.

Meanwhile, note that while the schools are reaching new heights of absurdity, they’re not excelling at their supposed job of teaching students:

According to data provided by the state Department of Education, only 68% of students in Joseph’s class are “proficient” in math. Just 26% achieved “proficient with distinction” on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests conducted last year.

Sending your kids to public school is looking more and more like parental malpractice.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Suspended Student May Be Expelled for Rest of the Year for Playing With Toy Gun…in His Own Yard. Sending a kid — especially a boy — to public school is looking more and more like parental malpractice.

IS SENDING YOUR KIDS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS PARENTAL MALPRACTICE? Fired for using the word “Negro” — in Spanish class. “A Bronx teacher has filed a lawsuit claiming she was fired for using the word ‘negro’ in class. ‘Negro’ is the Spanish word for the color black.”

Given how hard it is to get fired from NYC’s public schools this is particularly impressive in its idiocy.

THOUGHTCRIME: Pop-Tart Pistol?: 7-Year-Old Gets Suspended for Gun-Shaped Pastry. Putting your kid — especially if he’s a boy — in public school is looking more and more like parental malpractice.

LOWER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Alexandria cops bust 10-year-old for bringing toy gun to school.

The boy, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School whose name is not being released, was charged as a juvenile with brandishing a weapon, police said. . . .

When the boy arrived, authorities found the toy in his backpack. He was taken into custody, transported to a juvenile detention center for booking and then released to his parents, Hildebrandt said.

“The safety of our students is always our first concern,” Sherman said. “We appreciate the quick response and action by our police.”

Your students were always safe, because it was a toy gun. Except they’re not safe from overweening officialdom, who can’t tell the difference between a dangerous weapon and a toy gun. Or, more accurately, who choose to ignore the difference.

Sending your kids to public school is looking more and more like parental malpractice.

I’M BEGINNING TO THINK THAT PUTTING YOUR KIDS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL IS PARENTAL MALPRACTICE: High-school freshman suspended for having a picture of a gun. Thoughtcrime! But wait, there’s more:

This incident is the latest in a growing line of extraordinarily strong reactions by school officials to things students have brought to school — or talked about bringing to school — that are not anything like real guns.

At D. Newlin Fell School in Philadelphia, school officials reportedly yelled at a student and then searched her in front of her class after she was found with a paper gun her grandfather had made for her. (RELATED: Paper gun causes panic)

In rural Pennsylvania, a kindergarten girl was suspended for making a “terroristic threat” after she told another girl that she planned to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that bombards targets with soapy bubbles.

At Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Maryland, a six-year-old boy was suspended for making the universal kid sign for a gun, pointing at another student and saying “pow.” That boy’s suspension was later lifted and his name cleared. (RELATED: Pow! You’re suspended, kid)

In Sumter, South Carolina, a six-year-old girl was expelled for bringing a clear plastic Airsoft gun that shoots plastic pellet to class for show-and-tell. The expulsion was later revoked.

Remember, these are the people who claim that they teach critical thinking.

TAR. FEATHERS. Courageous Pennsylvania School Officials Nab 5-Year Old Terrorist.

Just yesterday, I mocked Maryland officials for suspending two little boys for the horrific crime of playing cops and robbers (and noted that this is not the first time such stupidity has been displayed by Maryland school officials).

Preferred Weapon of al Qaeda

Apparently, the pencil-neck bureaucrats in Pennsylvania are jealous that their neighbors are getting a lot of attention, so they’ve branded a five-year old girl as a terrorist threat for talking about her pink toy gun that shoots bubbles.

Yes, bubbles.

As I keep saying, it’s looking more and more like it’s parental malpractice to put your kids in the hands of public schools. Which will just bring on the K-12 Implosion.

IS PUTTING YOUR KID IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS PARENTAL MALPRACTICE? (CONT’D): Boy, Not Making Bombs, Arrested for Having Things Cops Think Could Blow Up (And For Drawings That Spooked a Teacher). Nothing actually dangerous was found.

Lest you think it is inherently suspicious a young man would have chemicals or electronic parts, note that his school is, according to a Press of Atlantic City account, “a magnet school with programs focusing on engineering and environmental sciences and specializing in hands-on learning.”

The system and police should apologize, and there should be consequences and reparations all around. But there won’t be, because accountability is for the little people. Which is why I’m beginning to think that putting your kids in public schools might just be parental malpractice.

NICK GILLESPIE EMAILS: “Unbelievable! Even for those of us who hate Michigan.” Kindergartener Banned from Wearing U of Michigan T-Shirt in OK City. “An Oklahoma City kindergartner was forced to turn his University of Michigan shirt inside out last week because it violated a city ban on any apparel not supportive of the state’s college teams.” Really, have we reached the point where it’s parental malpractice to entrust your kids to public schools?


When Sabrina Grant read the email from a teacher’s aide at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham, Massachusetts, she was furious. The aide said Grant’s 10-year-old autistic son kept playing with one of his loose baby teeth. The aide added it was very distracting, so they yanked the tooth out. Grant got even even angrier when her son got home. She found the loose tooth was still in his mouth, but a molar next to it was missing.

So, is it parental malpractice to send your kid to public school?

PUBLIC EDUCATION: Nurse refuses student inhaler during asthma attack: School says medical release form lacked parent’s signature.

School leaders called Sue Rudi when her son started having trouble breathing. She rushed to the office and was taken back to the nurse’s office by school administrators and they discovered the teen on the floor.

“As soon as we opened up the door, we saw my son collapsing against the wall on the floor of the nurse’s office while she was standing in the window of the locked door looking down at my son, who was in full-blown asthma attack,” Rudi said.

Michael Rudi said when he started to pass out from his attack, the nurse locked the door.

You know, I’m beginning to think that sending your kids to public schools is starting to look like parental malpractice.

IS IT PARENTAL MALPRACTICE TO PUT YOUR KID IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS? Sex Criminal At Age 6. “I typically blog several of these cases a month these days — sexual assault charges or ‘weapons’ charges for some kid whose granny put a paring knife in her lunch bag to cut her apple.”

And nobody ever seems to get fired over them, though this Principal should be unemployed, and unemployable, after this incident.

RADLEY BALKO ON the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Have we reached the point where it’s parental malpractice to enroll your kids in public school?

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL bans homemade lunches. “Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.” More and more, it seems like parental malpractice to let your kids go to public schools, where they seem to be viewed as state property, and guinea pigs for social experimentation.