Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Growing Police State: HS Students Not Considered Human Edition

I've mentioned before that something is wrong with our schools, and that we have decided that school students are not human, let alone citizens.  We deprive them of all their God-Given rights, including those such as free association, freedom from self-incrimination, and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures as enumerated in our constitution.

Consider this: we won't deny those rights to violent illegal aliens.  We won't even deny those rights to terrorists.  Yet, for some reason, a student in a public school does not have those basic freedoms.

Case in point: at a Minnesota High School, the entire graduating class was detained and forced to take breathalyzer tests, on threat of not being allowed to graduate, during graduation rehearsal.  The school points out that some 20 or so of these young people were acting oddly, as though they might be drunk.

Fair enough.  In any other forum, only the 20 who were under suspicion would have been detained, and they would have been granted the right to have a parent, guardian, or other advocate present.  Instead, the school detained the entire graduating class and did not permit them to have any form of advocate present.  Because, once your child is in school, that child is no longer a human being.

The parents are now threatening to sue the school.  Good.  I wish them the best of luck and I hope the succeed.  Schools, especially public schools, must abide by the same rules as the rest of the Government, and that includes following the 4th Amendment.  The students who were not acting suspiciously should never have been detained, they certainly shouldn't have been forced to take a breathalyzer, and they absolutely should have been allowed an adult advocate.  Instead, they were all, in effect, under arrest for no crime, and had the "security of their persons" violated without a warrant or even probable cause.

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