Saturday, January 08, 2005

Just Call Me Sparky!

Way back when I was in elementary school corporal punishment was an accepted practice. Most of the "standard" behavior modification methods were employed before implementing The Paddle. Most of you "old geezers" are probably familiar with these behavior modification techniques:

1. The notorious penmanship enhancement exercise:
I will not shoot spitballs. I will not shoot spitballs. I will not shoot spitballs.
2. Sitting out in the hall.
3. Detention.
4. A trip to the principal's office, and a good "talkin' to".

If none of these modifiers had the desired effect of improving your behavior out came The Paddle and a few swift swats were dealt. On rare occasions the student would be suspended or expelled, depending on the severity of the infraction.

Before I reached high school the state removed corporal punishment from the teachers arsenal. Striking a student in anyway, or with anything was not allowed.

It seems that we've come full circle -- and then some. In the past months there have been at least three six cases in Florida of students being tasered in Florida schools, the youngest student was 6.

Here's how Tom Smith President of Taser International, Inc. defends the use of tasers on children:

Smith said the stun guns are safe. He said if there was ever a situation where police had to use force to subdue his 3-year-old and 5-year-old children, he would prefer them to use the Taser before pepper spray or the baton.

What a sick, sick, sick fucker. What possible justification is there to use a Taser, pepper spray or baton to subdue a 3 or 5 year old child? There isn't any. If an adult cannot control any situation with a 3 or 5 year old (or a child of any age) without resorting to physical abuse or violence they have no business being around children.

Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, is introducing a bill to ban the use of tasers in schools. Meanwhile, Duval County to equip school officers with Tasers.

Some school officials are surprised by the action, saying they were never told by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that it planned to issue stun guns to the officers assigned to most middle and high schools.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has signed a $1.8 million contract with Taser International to buy 1,800 Tasers over the next two years.

If Tasers are allowed now, what's next? Rubber bullets? Real bullets? Naked butt pyramids?

Update: In Texas strip searching 11 and 12 year olds is the new thing.

Ten students between the ages of 11 and 12 were strip-searched as officials at their charter school tried to find a missing $10 bill.
"It's not illegal," La Marque Police Chief Richard Price said. "We don't see it as a criminal offense." But he said an investigation was underway.

What the fuck is WRONG with these people?

Sick fuckers. We are so screwed!