FAST FIVE: Compliance 101: Gun-Toting Cops Endanger Students And Turn Schools Into Prisons
A federal judge made the sheriff's office pay more than $300,000 (of taxpayer money) to the families, ruling that the handcuffing of the students “was an unconstitutional seizure and excessive force.” Welcome to Compliance 101: the police state's primer in how to churn out compliant citizens and transform the nation's school's into quasi-prisons through the use of surveillance cameras, metal detectors, police patrols, zero tolerance policies, lock downs, drug sniffing dogs, strip searches and active shooter drills.
Unbelievably, these tactics are all legal, at least when employed by school officials or school resource officers in the nation's public schools.
One Texas school district even boasts its own 12-member SWAT team.
Now in addition to the government and its agents viewing the citizenry as suspects to be probed, poked, pinched, tasered, searched, seized, stripped and generally manhandled, all with the general blessing of the courts, our children in the public schools are also fair game for school resource officers who taser teenagers and handcuff kindergartners, school officials who have criminalized childhood behavior, school lockdowns and terror drills that teach your children to fear and comply, and a police state mindset that has transformed the schools into quasi-prisons.
Indeed, this profit-driven system of incarceration has also given rise to a growth in juvenile prisons and financial incentives for jailing young people.