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Toy Gun The Size of a Quarter Causes Disturbance On Palmer Elementary School Bus

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Has the whole world gone mad? Or is it just me?

How much damage can a toy Lego gun do?

Shouldn’t we just start arresting all children at the age of 6 and putting them in prison arbitrarily? I mean, they might as well get used to it, right? If this is what their life is going to be like.

Toy Gun The Size of a Quarter Causes Disturbance On Palmer Elementary School Bus

PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — A plastic Lego sized gun caused a disturbance on a Old Mill Pond Elementary School bus Friday morning.

Mieke Crane is the mother of the six-year-old kindergarten student who brought the gun on the bus.

“I think they over-reacted totally. I totally do,” said Crane.

Another student on the bus saw the toy and yelled to the driver.

“She said he caused quite a disturbance on the bus and that the children were traumatized,” said Crane.

The school sent home a letter to parents of students who take the bus explaining what happened. It stressed no gun was on the bus and there was never any danger.

The letter also has photo of the toy showing it’s actual size, which is slightly larger than a quarter.

“I could see if it was you know, an air soft gun or some sort of pistol or live bullets or something. This is just a toy,” said Crane.

calm yo tits. a lego gun never shot no oneShe is upset with how her son is being disciplined. She says he had to write an apology letter to the driver, has detention on Tuesday and could be temporarily suspended from the bus.

The other student, who yelled about seeing the gun, also had to apologize.

Crane and that student’s mother, who did not go on camera, think this is sending the wrong message. The two agree speaking up is what the students are trained to do if they see something wrong like a gun.

Meantime, Crane says her son knows guns are bad and that they shouldn’t be in school.

“At six-years-old. I don’t really think he understood the zero tolerance policy and related it to this as the same,” said Crane.

We reached out to the Superintendent and Principal’s office by phone and email, but have not received a comment.


Teacher in Hot Water For Educating Students About Constitutional Rights and Fifth Amendment

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It’s a sad day when a teacher in the United States can’t teach his students about their constitutional rights. This is the case for a Batavia High School teacher who advised students that they had the right to remain silent rather than answer questions on a survey from the school.

But do students not have the right to know that they have the right to remain silent so as not to incriminate themselves? Once you write information down,  you  no longer have control of how it’s handled. The school even had a police officer stationed on campus. Should someone teach students that they have the right not to tell people if they have (even accidentally) don’t something that could incriminate them. Did you know that people are convicted on charges frequently even though they had no idea that they had committed a crime?  It’s something to think about.
How long would this written record follow these students? How would it have been handled later? Would it be in their file at graduation and get passed on to anyone else? Do written records ever get stolen or inappropriately handled? Do people who don’t have authority ever see them? Is there any guarantee that people who do have the authority to see them suddenly become infallible and never (even accidentally) use the information to the detriment of the student?

Warning Lands Batavia Teacher in Hot Water

Article posted: 5/25/2013 8:00 AM

A Batavia High School teacher’s fans are rallying to support him as he faces possible discipline for advising students of their Constitutional rights before taking a school survey on their behavior.

They’ve been collecting signatures on an online petition, passing the word on Facebook, sending letters to the school board, and planning to speak at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Students and parents have praised his ability to interest reluctant students in history and current affairs.

But John Dryden said he’s not the point. He wants people to focus on the issue he raised: Whether school officials considered that students could incriminate themselves with their answers to the survey that included questions about drug and alcohol use.

Dryden, a social studies teacher, told some of his students April 18 that they had a 5th Amendment right to not incriminate themselves by answering questions on the survey, which had each student’s name printed on it.

The survey is part of measuring how students meet the social-emotional learning standards set by the state. It is the first year Batavia has administered such a survey.

School district officials declined to provide a copy of the survey to the Daily Herald, saying the district bought the survey from a private company, Multi-Health Systems Inc., and the contents are proprietary business information.

They did provide the script teachers were to read to students before the test.

It does not tell students whether participation is mandatory or optional.

An April email communication to parents said their children could choose not to take the survey, but they had to notify the district by April 17.

The survey asked about drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and emotions, according to Brad Newkirk, chief academic officer.

The results were to be reviewed by school officials, including social workers, counselors and psychologists.

The survey was not a diagnostic tool, but a “screener” to figure out which students might need specific help, Newkirk said.

Superintendent Jack Barshinger said teacher support for doing a survey grew after several suicides by students in recent years. Students and staff typically said they had no idea those teens were in distress.

“We can’t help them if we aren’t aware of their needs,” Barshinger said.

The results will also be compared from year to year, to see if interventions offered work, he said.

School officials have already reviewed the surveys and have talked to some students about their answers.

Day of the survey

Dryden said it was just “dumb luck” he learned about the contents. He picked up surveys from his mailbox about 10 minutes before his first class. Seeing students’ names on them, unlike past surveys, he started reading the 34 questions.

“Oh. Well. Ummm, somebody needs to remind them they have the ability not to incriminate themselves,” he recalled thinking. It was particularly on his mind because his classes had recently finished reviewing the Bill of Rights. And the school has a police officer stationed there as a liaison, he pointed out. Barshinger said the results weren’t shared with police.

“I made a judgment call. There was no time to ask anyone,” Dryden said. If the survey had been handed out a day or two before, he said, he would have talked to an administrator about his concern.

Instead, he gave the warning to his first-, second- and third-block classes. The test was given to all students during third block.

He suspects it was a teacher who told the administration about what Dryden had done, after the other teacher had trouble getting all the students to take the survey.

But he had also spoken afterward with administrators about the questions. “So I was already on the radar,” he said.

Dryden faces having a “letter of remedy” placed in his employment file. He said this week he is negotiating the matter with district authorities.

Only a school board can issue a letter of remedy, which informs teachers their conduct was improper and could have consequences up to dismissal, according to state law.

Barshinger declined to speak about Dryden’s specific situation. The board will discuss the matter in closed session Tuesday. Any action, however, would have to take place in open session.

Dryden mentioned his situation to a former student, Joe Bertalmio.

The campaign

Bertalmio was outraged. The 2002 graduate, who took one class with Dryden, credits him with teaching him how to examine positions and make logical arguments, no matter where one stands politically.

schools education and propaganda machine“Back it up — give me evidence,” is what Dryden taught, Bertalmio said.

Bertalmio posted the news on Facebook, where it was noticed by fellow graduates. Parents of current students have also joined in. There are more than 1,000 signatures on the “Defend and Support John Dryden” petition at the petitionsite.com, although many seem to be repeats. He has also urged people to write letters to the Batavia school board, plans to speak at the board’s meeting, and may have a rally before the meeting. A Batavia alderman told the city council Monday he plans to attend the meeting in support, and encouraged other people to do so.

Stick to the issue

But Dryden doesn’t want this seen as him vs. the administrators. He said he knows they were acting in what they thought was the best interests of the students.

“These are good, professional, smart people on the other side who want to do what is right by kids,” he said.

He would rather focus the discussion on the survey.

“I have asked people (the supporters) to talk about the survey. I think I am a sideshow,” he said. “This (the survey) was rushed and it wasn’t vetted.”

“I’m not a martyr,” he said. “I’m trying to refocus people’s attentions. Calm down.”



Kansas Family Raided by SWAT Team, Held at Gunpoint Face Down for Hours For Growing Indoor Garden

Swat Raid for growing tomatoes and mellons

So, just to clarify, there are no laws against growing hydroponic indoor gardens… YET. But who would really want to? I mean, if it could bring a SWAT team to your door with guns blazing, then why bother being interested in things? Caring about trying experiments?

Hell, why even bother thinking? Why doesn’t everyone just sit and watch TV? No one goes knocking down anyone’s door for watching TV and scratching their butt. But apparently just about ANYTHING else you go to do in this country can draw unwanted attention from the nosy nanny state and cause you to be an accidental victim of an intentional raid.

Much like the 16 year old young lady in a Florida school who had a bright idea to see if tin foil and toilet cleaner would really cause a plastic bottle to explode, the powers that be overreact to everything and anything and discourage any activity other than what an automaton should be programmed to do.

The young lady in Florida found out that, yes, the plastic bottle would explode, but when plastic bottles explode in Florida, apparently you get expelled, arrested and charged as an adult with a felony… It doesn’t matter that you are an exceptional student with no behavior problems whatsoever. It also doesn’t matter if you just simply want to grow tomatoes in your basement… the powers that be don’t want you being creative, thinking and experimenting.

Swat Raid for growing tomatoes and mellonsWe wonder what’s wrong with our youth today… I have a couple of ideas that might cause problems with an entire generation of youth. Allow me describe what kind of society  might cause an entire generation of youth to have issues. First lets create laws that encourage as much chemical use by agriculture as possible and put fluoride (that has been proven to lower peoples IQ) in drinking water (and disprove to help avoid cavities).

Great start… first poison everyone.

Good. Then, they should probably start making rules that make no sense and supporting them with a vengeance  Once that is in full swing then they should just start arresting people who broke no rules… as if they had. They should let the law enforcement get so far out of hand that it can do anything to anyone at any time with impunity. Yeah, totally. Let’s see if we can’t just demoralize and squelch the dreams of a nation by generally making everyone sick and hopeless. Let’s try that and see if that doesn’t fix things.

Kansas Family Raided by SWAT Team, Held at Gunpoint Face Down for Hours For Growing Indoor Garden

LEAWOOD, KS — Men with assault rifles raided a family who had been growing tomatoes and melons under grow-lights. Police started spying on the family after a purchase they made at a local hydroponics store. Police sorted through the family’s trash for three weeks, obviously finding vegetation from their indoor garden. They used an unreliable field test on the plant material to get a false positive for marijuana. This was sufficient evidence to execute a SWAT raid on the family and hold Mr. Harte face-down on the ground for 2.5 hours.

“It was just like on the cops TV shows,” Robert Harte told The Associated Press. “It was like ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ ready to storm the compound.”

Dogs entered the home. The armed agents belittled the family and implied that their 13-year-old boy was growing marijuana in the home.

“If this can happen to us and we are educated and have reasonable resources, how does somebody who maybe hasn’t led a perfect life supposed to be free in this country?” said Adlynn Harte.

Police kept the father laying on the ground for 2.5 hours and his children huddled on a couch while the SWAT team tore through their home looking for forbidden plants.

The Harte family did not know the reasoning for the raid until weeks later and being forced to sue the police department to acquire documents regarding the investigation of their family.




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