Zero Tolerance policies are fucking bullshit. They sound like a great idea. I mean, who doesn’t think there should zero fucking tolerance of child abuse? Of rape? No one. But the problem is how these things are defined in bureaucratic terms. Zero tolerance of what? We have cases of six-and-seven-year-old children being removed from school and branded sexual predators because they did something benign.
Suddenly mindless adherence to some code doesn’t sound so good.
The implied depravity–sexual, violent, threatening in nature–comes from adults. They have it and imagine all creatures–even the innocent–have it.
Are you shitting me? There is no way in bloody-fucking-hell that a six-year-old kid is having sleazy thoughts while smooching a classmate on the playground. Simply because adults think other adults would be thinking a certain way, given a certain action, it follows that small children are too? Makes no sense at all.
The person making the judgement in that case, is the one with the morbid thoughts.
If you’re going to have zero-tolerance of something, it has to be sharply, pointedly and unambiguously defined (and not stupidly). But that is not the case.
These rules are created to placate unreasonable people, and therefore, are unreasonable themselves.
These policies, by and large, are enacted by sycophantic political shitbags engaged in knee-jerk reactions to an incensed mob. Something bad happens, people freak out and get emotional. Then policy makers create some asinine, over-reaching solution and slap a zero-tolerance tag on it to make them feel warm and fuzzy for five minutes. All by projecting their perverse, imaginary motivations upon innocent children.
Everyone puts down their pitchforks and torches.
Until their kid does some normal, juvenile thing that pretty much all of us have done at least ten times, and is branded as some kind of criminal. Their future shat on by the miscreants who created the problem in the first place. It’s a microcosm of modern legislation; making ordinary, decent people into criminals through policy. Suddenly mindless adherence to some code doesn’t sound so good.
These rules are created to placate unreasonable people, and therefore, are unreasonable themselves. They’re cop outs. An excuse for bureaucrats to be fucking idiots. They don’t have to think or potentially be responsible for making a decision. They just apply the rule. You broke rule-A, so you win punishment-B.” Repeat ad infinitum. It makes a position like a high school principle no different than a fast food line cook. Repeating the same refined, dictated, rote pattern over and over.
We’ve replaced administrative authority–reasoning itself–with fucking Knights Who Say Ni. “Bring us a shrubbery!” It doesn’t have to make sense, it’s the rule. The more often and loudly you say it, the truer it is. Bullshit.
It’s automating a system that requires human reasoning. That’s why we have courts in the first place. We’ve hamstrung them into not being able to do anything but regurgitate some bullshit rule, instead of making an actual judgement. Complete shit heads could handle that job. There is no need of judges and people with very pricey JD degrees to handle it.
But those people do exist because it shouldn’t be that simple. There’s an ongoing case with a high school kid in Ohio who was training as a first responder and had plans to enter the Army. He had a pocket knife in his car as part of his “EMT kit” and ended up in jail for almost two weeks, held on a half-million-dollar bond. He was removed from the school, charged with felonies and his dreams and future potentially destroyed.
Jesus-titty-fucking-christ. What are we thinking.
All that should be required is someone of reasonable intelligence–and I use the term reasonable loosely, as in enough brain power to not be lying on the floor drooling on shit–to say, “Whoa. Whoa. Wait a minute here. Oh, yeah that makes sense. We’re good here, thanks.” Case-fucking-closed.
Cowards who are afraid of their own shadow refuse to speak up and say, “Look something is not right here.” They can point to the zero-tolerance policy to cover their spineless inaction. To play dumb while allowing these things to escalate and destroy the lives of innocent children is unconscionable. These fuck sticks, who are reminiscent of the populace in Idiocracy just keep pointing to the rule book.
“I’m just following the rules,” they say. What they’re really saying is they take no responsibility. To that, I say, fuck you. If you’re an administrator your purpose is to be fucking responsible. You asshats. This isn’t limited to children, of course, but cases involving them are the most disturbing.
This situation is nearly incomprehensible. What. The. Fucking. Fuck are you assholes doing? Even if there was no video, how could someone not put a stop to this? And to criminalize the helpless, bullied child who is simply trying to survive? I can’t wrap my head around how any of that even starts. Students are verbally abusing the poor kid, a teacher is basically giving tacit approval of the behavior and the authorities charge the victim with an adult felony (wiretapping) which the kid can have no comprehension of. There is no reasoning here.
Every adult involved in this situation should be stripped of all authority, publicly humiliated, and made an example of. Not only should the abusers be punished. Their parents are likely terrible people, to have kids acting that way. They should be punished as well.
Any person can look at these situations and know that they’re not right. We need to stop this. It’s OK to be dumb. It’s not OK to pretend to be dumb. We have a system that allows this shit to continue. All that’s needed is for human decency and common sense to prevail.
People are starting to pump the brakes, thankfully.
There are many people in positions of authority who could put a foot down at any point and stop these runaway bullshit trains. If they chose to. By and large they decide to protect their own neck and not rock the boat. Of course, all under the guise of doing so for the greater good. I’m pretty sure they don’t sleep at night, but that’s a small consolation.