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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