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US Public Schools Becoming More like a Police State Every Day

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Few can deny the public school system in America is in trouble. From school systems that refuse to allow the playing of the national anthem to teachers accosting students for saying anything negative about President Obama, it seems many of our schools are busy doing everything except educating our children.

Alex Jones spoke to this issue in a recent edition of Prison Planet—he believes we have become quite proficient at turning our schools into a virtual police state. Here are 18 signs that life in our public schools is now very similar to life in our prisons.

#1 Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has announced that school officials can search the cell phones and laptops of public school students if there are “reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school.”

#2 It came out in court that one school district in Pennsylvania secretly recorded more than 66,000 images of students using webcams that were embedded in school-issued laptops that the students were using at home.

#3 If you can believe it, a “certified TSA official” was recently brought in to oversee student searches at the Santa Fe High School prom.

#4 A few years ago a class of 3rd grade students at one Kentucky elementary school were searched by a group of teachers after 5 dollars went missing.  During the search the students were actually required to remove their shoes and their socks.

#5 At one public school in the Chicago area, children have been banned from bringing their lunches from home. Yes, you read that correctly.  Students at that particular school are absolutely prohibited from bringing lunches from home.  Instead, it is mandatory that they eat the food that the school cafeteria serves.

#6 The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending huge amounts of money to install surveillance cameras in the cafeterias of public schools so that government control freaks can closely monitor what our children are eating.

#7 A teenager in suburban Dallas was recently forced to take on a part-time job after being ticketed for using bad language in one high school classroom. The original ticket was for $340, but additional fees have raised the total bill to $637.

#8 It is not just high school kids that are being ticketed by police. In Texas the crackdown extends all the way down to elementary school students.  In fact, it has been reported that Texas police gave “1,000 tickets” to elementary school kids over a recent six-year period.

#9 A few months ago, a 17-year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father’s lunch with her to school.  It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples.  So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this?  The school suspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.

#10 A little over a year ago, a 6-year-old girl in Florida was handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.

#11 In early 2010, a 12-year-old girl in New York was arrested by police and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk. “I love my friends Abby and Faith” was what she reportedly wrote on her desk.

#12 There are some public schools in the United States that are so paranoid that they have actually installed cameras in student bathrooms.

#13 Down in Florida, students have been arrested by police for bringing a plastic butter knife to school, for throwing an eraser, and for drawing a picture of a gun.

#14 The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that it will begin using analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents and will place “potential offenders” in specific prevention and education programs.

#15 A group of high school students made national headlines a while back when they revealed that they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

#16 In some U.S. schools, armed cops accompanied by police dogs actually conduct surprise raids with their guns drawn. In this video, you can actually see police officers aiming their guns at school children as the students are lined up facing the wall.

#17 Back in 2009, one 8-year-old boy in Massachusetts was sent home from school and was forced to undergo a psychological evaluation because he drew a picture of Jesus on the cross.

#18 This year, 13 parents in Duncan, South Carolina were actually arrested for cheering during a high school graduation.

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  1. Thank GOD I teach in a rural district and we still teach the national anthem and every once in awhile have conversations about God. We don’t call the cops on our kids that happen to throw tantrums, whether the tantrums stem from emotional or behavior issues. When kids doodle, we make them clean the desk or throw the inappropriate doodle away. We have cameras to protect our school from those who come onto its property, not spy on students and staff. I will cry the day these are no longer our options.

  2. I will take the small rural school in Iowa where my kids go over the large public schools who have no common sense! We still sing the national anthem before every ball game, believe in the freedom of a lunch from home, and have no needs of cops unless drugs and alcohol are reported in a vehicle on school property. Ticketing and fining school kids for minor infractions?!?! Sounds like a school district hard-up to make money and absolutely ridiculous! If our local schools become that bad, I will be teaching my kids at home.

  3. Some of these are absolutely ridiculous, but I think more information about some of these incidents is needed before we can condemn the school’s actions. For example, #10. I am betting handcuffs were the only way to restrain this girl and keep her from harming herself or others. I have a colleague who works with emotional/behavioral kids, and she had a kindergartener throw a chair at her and break the window behind her before attacking her. After several bites and scratches, the only way to restrain that boy was to physically sit on him.

    Also, cameras are there for protection, too. Catching drug deals and fights on camera has been invaluable at the school in which I work. Seeing someone on camera who has no business being in the school and has not checked in at the office helps keep staff and students safe. As for cameras in the bathrooms- I’m on the fence. On one hand, privacy (altho I am sure there are no cameras in the actual stalls). On the other hand, a lot goes down in bathrooms- fights, drug deals, drug use, etc.

  4. Theresa Williamson

    For the most part, my parents have been able to use part of their retirement income to send my children to a private Christian school. Two different years, my oldest daughter was in public school, and both were disastrous. The first time, she was in 5th grade and from day one in public school she had a group of hispanic girls bullying her and the school did nothing, except blame her for it. The second time was in 9th grade, and it was major culture shock. A lot of her friends were claiming themselves to be bisexual. One girl was a cutter, and she had the scars to prove it. She started doing things/acting out, etc. A lot of prayer went up for her during this time. She rededicated herself to the Lord after the school year was over. This past year, and this year, she again was at the Christian school. They use the Abeka curriculum, which is an accelerated one. The curriculum teaches K-4 students how to write in cursive, which is something that the public schools have forgotten about. The students are taught penmanship all through the elementary grades. If at all possible, remove your children from the public schools. The driving force behind many public schools is money, federal money.

    Smaller schools provide more teacher assistance/supervision. The classes are smaller—say, 10 students or less per class. If your child is struggling, the teacher has more time to help.

    The school where my children attend does not have a bus service. So I know what my children are dealing with going to school and coming from school, because they tell me. I am able to have more interaction time with my children. They are not subjected to bullies. The school squashes it in the bud.

    The students wear uniforms. Polos and khaki slacks, knee-length shorts, or capris with belts, if needed, and sneakers with socks. Chapel day, Wednesday, means skirts, white blouse with camisole underneath for girls and khaki slacks, white shirt with tie for boys. Fridays mean that they can wear the Friday t-shirt and jeans. Field trips mean Friday t-shirts and jeans so that the students look different from the regular populace.

    Our school, Cleburne Christian Academy, provides discounts for multiple children in a family. The first student pays full price of tuition, the second is 10% off of tuition, the third is 20% off tuition, the fourth is 30% off tuition, etc. I am sure other schools do the same. You would not want only one of your children to get a great education, but all of your children.

    We have also experienced the ACE curriculum at a different private school, and home-school. The student works the paces (like a chapter with questions to answer after) at their own pace. At the end of the pace the student takes a test. If the student makes less than 80, they redo the pace, to catch what they missed and then retake the test. In public school, the teacher isn’t that interested in going over and over the material until everyone grasps it. They move on. Students are left behind. Gaps in learning develop. ACE stands for Accelerated Christian Education. I think their website is—but it is easy to look up. ACE is self-learning while Abeka is very hands-on for the parent.

    There are also several “learn at their own pace” accredited high schools, such as Penn Foster, which is a distance learning school. The school keeps up with the grades. If the student is diligent, he/she can graduate in 3 years, instead of 4. Penn Foster also has college classes that can be taken.

  5. Mrs Williamson comment is basically a sales pitch. You get a percentage for every kid you bring in?

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