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The Dangers of Going Back to School After a Year of COVID-19 Lockdowns

John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead
August 25th, 2021
The Rutherford Institute
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This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute.

“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes

Once upon a time in America, parents breathed a sigh of relief when their kids went back to school after a summer’s hiatus, content in the knowledge that for a good portion of the day their kids would be gainfully occupied, out of harm’s way and out of trouble.

Those were the good old days, before the COVID-19 pandemic introduced a whole new level of Nanny State authoritarianism to our daily lives, locking down communities, forcing kids out of the schoolroom and into virtual classrooms, leaving vast swaths of the workforce dependent on government welfare, while pushing other segments into a work-from-home model, and generally subjecting us to an increasingly obnoxious level of intrusion by the government into our private lives.

Now, after almost 18 months away from a physical classroom, students are heading back to school.

Here’s what they can expect.

From the moment a child enters one of the nation’s 98,000 public schools to the moment he or she graduates, they will be exposed to a steady diet of:

  • draconian zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior,
  • overreaching anti-bullying statutes that criminalize speech,
  • school resource officers (police) tasked with disciplining and/or arresting so-called “disorderly” students,
  • standardized testing that emphasizes rote answers over critical thinking,
  • politically correct mindsets that teach young people to censor themselves and those around them,
  • and extensive biometric and surveillance systems that, coupled with the rest, acclimate young people to a world in which they have no freedom of thought, speech or movement.

Young people in America are now first in line to be searched, surveilled, spied on, threatened, tied up, locked down, treated like criminals for non-criminal behavior, tasered, and in some cases shot.

Nowadays, students are not only punished for minor transgressions such as playing cops and robbers on the playground, bringing LEGOs to school, or having a food fight, but the punishments have become far more severe, shifting from detention and visits to the principal’s office into misdemeanor tickets, juvenile court, handcuffs, tasers, and even prison terms.

Students have been suspended under school zero-tolerance policies for bringing to school “look-alike substances” such as oreganobreath mints, birth control pills, and powdered sugar.

Look-alike weapons (toy guns—even Lego-sized ones, hand-drawn pictures of guns, pencils twirled in a “threatening” manner, imaginary bows and arrows, fingers positioned like guns) can also land a student in hot water, in some cases getting them expelled from school or charged with a crime.

Not even good deeds go unpunished.

One 13-year-old was given detention for exposing the school to “liability” by sharing his lunch with a hungry friend. A third-grader was suspended for shaving her head in sympathy for a friend who had lost her hair to chemotherapy. And then there was the high school senior who was suspended for saying “bless you” after a fellow classmate sneezed.

In South Carolina, where it’s against the law to “disturb” a school, more than a thousand students a year—some as young as 7 years old—“face criminal charges for not following directions, loitering, cursing, or the vague allegation of acting ‘obnoxiously.’ If charged as adults, they can be held in jail for up to 90 days.”

These outrageous incidents are exactly what you’ll see more of now that in-person school is back in session, especially once you add COVID-19 mandates to the mix.

Having police in the schools only adds to the danger.

Thanks to a combination of media hype, political pandering, and financial incentives, the use of armed police officers (a.k.a. school resource officers) to patrol school hallways has risen dramatically in the years since the Columbine school shooting.

Indeed, the growing presence of police in the nation’s schools is resulting in greater police “involvement in routine discipline matters that principals and parents used to address without involvement from law enforcement officers.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, these school resource officers (SRO) have become de facto wardens in elementary, middle, and high schools, doling out their own brand of justice to the so-called “criminals” in their midst with the help of tasers, pepper spray, batons, and brute force.

In the absence of school-appropriate guidelines, police are more and more “stepping in to deal with minor rulebreaking: sagging pants, disrespectful comments, brief physical skirmishes. What previously might have resulted in a detention or a visit to the principal’s office was replaced with excruciating pain and temporary blindness, often followed by a trip to the courthouse.”

The horror stories are legion.

One SRO was accused of punching a 13-year-old student in the face for cutting the cafeteria line.

That same cop put another student in a chokehold a week later, allegedly knocking the student unconscious and causing a brain injury.

In Pennsylvania, a student was tasered after ignoring an order to put his cell phone away.

When 13-year-old Kevens Jean Baptiste failed to follow a school bus driver’s direction to keep the bus windows closed (Kevens, who suffers from asthma, opened the window after a fellow student sprayed perfume, causing him to cough and wheeze), he was handcuffed by police, removed from the bus, and while still handcuffed, had his legs swept out from under him by an officer, causing him to crash to the ground.

Young Alex Stone didn’t even make it past the first week of school before he became a victim of the police state. Directed by his teacher to do a creative writing assignment involving a series of fictional Facebook statuses, Stone wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business.” Despite the fact that dinosaurs are extinct, the status fabricated, and the South Carolina student was merely following orders, his teacher reported him to school administrators, who in turn called the police.

What followed is par for the course in schools today: students were locked down in their classrooms while armed police searched the 16-year-old’s locker and bookbag, handcuffed him, charged him with disorderly conduct disturbing the school, arrested him, detained him, and then he was suspended from school.

Not even the younger, elementary school-aged kids are being spared these “hardening” tactics.

On any given day when school is in session, kids who “act up” in class are pinned facedown on the floor, locked in dark closets, tied up with straps, bungee cords and duct tape, handcuffed, leg shackled, tasered, or otherwise restrained, immobilized or placed in solitary confinement in order to bring them under “control.”

In almost every case, these undeniably harsh methods are used to punish kids—some as young as 4 and 5 years old—for simply failing to follow directions or throwing tantrums.

Very rarely do the kids pose any credible danger to themselves or others.

Unbelievably, these tactics are all legal, at least when employed by school officials or school resource officers in the nation’s public schools.

This is what happens when you introduce police and police tactics into the schools.

Paradoxically, by the time you add in the lockdowns and active shooter drills, instead of making the schools safer, school officials have succeeded in creating an environment in which children are so traumatized that they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares, anxiety, mistrust of adults in authority, as well as feelings of anger, depression, humiliation, despair, and delusion.

For example, a middle school in Washington State went on lockdown after a student brought a toy gun to class. A Boston high school went into lockdown for four hours after a bullet was discovered in a classroom. A North Carolina elementary school locked down and called in police after a fifth grader reported seeing an unfamiliar man in the school (it turned out to be a parent).

Police officers at a Florida middle school carried out an active shooter drill in an effort to educate students about how to respond in the event of an actual shooting crisis. Two armed officers, guns loaded and drawn, burst into classrooms, terrorizing the students and placing the school into lockdown mode.

These police state tactics have not made the schools any safer.

The fallout has been what you’d expect, with the nation’s young people treated like hardened criminals: handcuffed, arrested, tasered, tackled, and taught the painful lesson that the Constitution (especially the Fourth Amendment) doesn’t mean much in the American police state.

Unfortunately, advocates for such harsh police tactics and weaponry like to trot out the line that school safety should be our first priority lest we find ourselves with another school shooting. What they will not tell you is that such shootings are rare.

As one congressional report found, the schools are, generally speaking, safe places for children.

There can be no avoiding the hands-on lessons being taught in the schools about the role of police in our lives, ranging from active shooter drills and school-wide lockdowns to incidents in which children engaging in typically childlike behavior are suspended (for shooting an imaginary “arrow” at a fellow classmate), handcuffed (for being disruptive at school), arrested (for throwing water balloons as part of a school prank), and even tasered (for not obeying instructions).

Instead of raising up a generation of freedom fighters—which one would hope would be the objective of the schools—government officials seem determined to churn out newly minted citizens of the American police state who are being taught the hard way what it means to comply, fear and march in lockstep with the government’s dictates.

So what’s the answer, not only for the here-and-now—the children growing up in these quasi-prisons—but for the future of this country?

How do you convince a child who has been routinely handcuffed, shackled, tied down, locked up, and immobilized by government officials—all before he reaches the age of adulthood—that he has any rights at all, let alone the right to challenge wrongdoing, resist oppression and defend himself against injustice?

Most of all, how do you persuade a fellow American that the government works for him when, for most of his young life, he has been incarcerated in an institution that teaches young people to be obedient and compliant citizens who don’t talk back, don’t question and don’t challenge authority?

As we’ve seen with other issues, any significant reforms will have to start locally and trickle upwards.

For starters, parents need to be vocal, visible, and organized and demand that school officials 1) adopt a policy of positive reinforcement in dealing with behavior issues; 2) minimize the presence in the schools of police officers and cease involving them in student discipline; and 3) insist that all behavioral issues be addressed first and foremost with a child’s parents before any other disciplinary tactics are attempted.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, if you want a nation of criminals, treat the citizenry like criminals.

If you want young people who grow up seeing themselves as prisoners, run the schools like prisons.

If, on the other hand, you want to raise up a generation of freedom fighters, who will actually operate with justice, fairness, accountability, and equality towards each other and their government, then run the schools like freedom forums.

Remove the metal detectors and surveillance cameras, re-assign the cops elsewhere, and start treating our nation’s young people like citizens of a republic and not inmates in a police state penitentiary.

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    Author: John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead
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    1. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Laurent Guyanaut had an article asserting that 911 was an Israeli Straussian coup, which still leaves everyone asking, why would the entire U.S. government, NYC government, NY state government, cover for a country with 8.8 million people that were attacking us, why it is that only 3,000 people died when buildings that were filled by hundreds of thousands of people on a typical day unless everyone and every corporation in those buildings was in on it minus the approximately 2,500 people that were reported to have died in the buildings.

      I think that the indicators point to this being orchestrated by Klaus Schwab, and the Rockefellers, since U.S. ground troops entered Germany on 9/11/45 along with WEF members who the majority of had offices in the World Trade Towers. Of course Netenyahu did also suggest that there would be an attack on the World Trade Towers, but Netenyahu is likely to be part of the WEF cabal also. The Bush family also had Nazi ties. My guess is that Rumsfield did also, based on his name. In fact, you can say without being inaccuarte that the neo-con movement is a neo-nazi movement in many ways. The Rockefellers also profitted of of the Nazis in several ways, and are of course German. But, yes, the Rockefellers ties to Zionists are extremely strong, so, they would be part of it too. Actually, it would be fair to add the G20 onto the conspirators list, actually, add the United Nations onto it minus Iran. They were obviously conspiring over it and profitting from it.

      The attack on the World Trade towers was also symbolic for ending world trade, reconstituting nationalism, which they are also doing with the scamdemic. Of course they did not have to go about reconstituting nationalism in such a sick, evil, and sadistic way, but they are sadists. and they do it for their enjoyment.

      The Nazi Revival movement is very strong. Many Americans on the right, including Jewish Americans ruthlessly defend Hitler. Ron Unz happens to be one of them, and his website is dedicated to exposing American Jewish and Israeli atrocities. There is a considerable amount of artistic license involved in this revisionist revivalism, which romaniticizes Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. 

      Now the Europeans and the InfraTards are blaming Biden for Taliban behavior, and not the Taliban, or themselves, or each other.

      Andrea Iravani

    2. Woogie says:

      Teachers who refuse this teaching criteria, masks, and vaccine mandates with a required number of years in for retirement are leaving school to teach privatelly as Tudors for home schooling on a donation basis.

      This is catching on, and coming from a family of teachers, they are sick of the woke culture and hate the education system requires.

    3. Bill says:

      The Amer. education system’s primary purpose is not to educate. Rather, there are two other goals. One is to inculcate the supremacy of the State, to regiment kids into that mentality, and to teach them to subordinate themselves to the State. The second is to indoctrinate students into “progressive” ideology. This takes place from K-5 to graduation from college.
      One can watch videos on-line of random college students all across the US being asked fundamental questions about a variety of topics and subjects; most students show themselves to be embarrassingly ignorant about basic things. Yet they can spew in depth absurd ideological abstractions.
      Some examples: Many believe slavery was strictly a creation of whites and in the entire history of the whole world it only existed in the US. Some said Christianity is anti-woman, anti-equality and anti-human progress, but all other religions are good, even enlightening. Many had no idea what the Constitution and Bill of Rights are about. More than two-thirds could not find the US on a world map. At least half could not solve simple math problems. Many stated silly and totally unworkable and unrealistic solutions to real-world problems. The most common trait exhibited however is the belief they are the brightest and best educated generation ever.
      I have worked with many college grads over the years. Generally, I have seen them literally dumbed down to the point they can’t even think things through. This means their critical thinking skills were purposely biased and damaged.
      Once, the Amer. public education system was admired around the globe. Now, in inner city and urban school systems all over the US we produce 3rd world education, yet the cost of maintaining these systems has become financially unsustainable. The icing on the cake are the teacher unions. Just think about it, this country has spent untold trillions of dollars educating its citizens, this is now the product for all that investment.

    4. Brockland A.T. says:

      Figures all the virtue signalling about bullying and child abuse would mask the common practice of it by education bullycrats.

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