As I watched the now viral video of that school cop dragging that girl out of the chair to arrest her, my first thought was honestly not, "OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING IN AMERICA". As I listened to the rest of the report, the story I heard was that 1) the girl was using her phone during the class 2) she had been told to put the phone away and she refused 3) she was asked by the teacher to leave the room and she refused 4) a school administrator was brought to the room to ask the student to leave and she refused 5) Robocop with the tactical gear on finally showed up and brought the scene to a predictable end.
It will be no surprise to anyone here that I was a smart ass in school. I received plenty of physical slaps from the principle of my grade school. It's not just matter that you can't do that today, but the shit he did would have gotten him in some serious trouble in today's world. Since his response was always a way over the top smack down, it's not like I was gonna get a mild slap for mild grab ass behavior and a roundhouse kick to the head for worse behavior. I say this to make the point that I was pretty much the same smart ass everyday and I knew what the limit was. It wasn't his threat of reprisal that set my limits, rather it had a lot to do with not only how I was raised, but also how my friends were raised. Even in my most smart assed moments, I would not have dreamed of openly disrupting the class the level this girl, allegedly, did.
So TS and I have been having this round and round about who's to blame. If what is being said about the girl's behavior is true, I think she's kind of an entitled spoiled bitch, and I feel the same about a lot kids I meet today. Obviously, the video shows the final stage in a conflict and Robo Renta cop was called in to do the dirty work and be the bad guy. And he delivered. I guess as I read liberal outrage and listen to the cherry picked interviews with carefully selected black "authorities" I ask myself what, exactly is that these people would rather have seen done. Should they have allowed the girl to completely take over the class, disrespect the teacher, disrespect her classmates who might want to learn and be allowed to sit there with smugness while the school people politely "bargain" with her? It appeared she was digging in her heels and wasn't going to budge. That's a no win situation for everyone involved.
I feel like kids today have no respect for authority, and while this has surely been said of every generation looking backward, I feel like the present moment presents something new. Not only do kids not respect authority, but neither do their parents. The video only shows what happens at the end, and I can only judge from anecdotal reports of what lead up to it. Still, I feel like teachers have to put up with a lot of bullshit today and if they aren't getting it from girls like the one shown in the video, they are getting it from parents who are equally abusive. I'm sure there is some liberal scapegoat to blame for this girl's behavior, probably related to gay marriage and lack of respect for the constitution, but if the rest of the story happened they way I'm reading it now, my only thought at the moment is that this girl should grow the fuck up. I saw nothing there that made me think about racism.