There always has to be at least one idiot in the crowd. The people who fight against the fight against zero tolerance and zero thought, and create more problems for victims — like the girl I told you about last week who was raped at school.
Carissa in New York claims she has “been a subscriber to ‘This is True’ for quite some time now,” and “have always found many of the news stories in your weekly issues quite amusing, witty, strange, and even unbelievable,” and has “never been disappointed in the weekly newsletters.” Yet “I am not amused” at the school rape story, even though she can “assure you that I have a very wide-ranged sense of humor.”
Really, hello? She’s a long-time reader and doesn’t understand the outrage I express at stories like this? She thinks that story and commentary was meant to be funny?
Sure enough: “Where the HELL do you find the facetiousness in a teenage girl being dragged into a school restroom and abused?!?!?! Be d*mned if whomever entered this title into your weekly issue isn’t fired or charged (or at the very least, slapped) for trying to use comedy at the expense of a poor 16-year-old girl who was sexually abused!”
And she says she did read the follow-up posted on my blog, where DOZENS of readers have joined me in condemning the absolute idiots in the school systems who compounded the crime by allowing evidence to be destroyed, and then psychologically tortured the victim.
And she still thought the idea was to be funny?!
Smack My Forehead
Incredible! I mean, what kind of brain-dead fool could even conceive that the story was meant to be funny? I replied to her, pointing out that she seems to have missed the entire point of the story and my commentary, suggesting maybe she should read what I actually wrote.
It would have had been more effective to argue with a brick — it’s less dense.
She replied to say she was unsubscribing, and “I assure you more people will be unsubscribing if you continue that sort of unthoughtfulness and ill-consideration. I do hope you are proud of yourself for being so insensitive.”
Apparently it’s “insensitive” to a crime victim to lead a mob carrying pitchforks and torches to the school administrators’ houses to demand their arrest and prosecution for emotionally raping the girl after she was physically raped.
I looked her up, and sure enough she had been a subscriber for four months.
Damn Right I’m Proud
First: I’m damned proud of sticking up for that girl, and letting her know the entire world is behind her. Well, except for one dimwit, at least.
The sad thing is, it’s unthinking obliviots like Carissa who enable these things to happen in the first place. You scream “A!” and they say “How dare you scream Z?!” and fight you with all their might, taking away energy and momentum from the actual problem.
Such people create confusion and distraction which helps incompetents like Superintendent King to get and keep jobs in authority over children, when they should be in prison and ordered away from any job dealing with kids for the rest of their lives once they’re released.
It’s far worse than remaining silent when you see outrage.
Important! A Course of Action
And that brings me to the real point of such stories in True. Sure, you’re mad at King and other school officials for doing what was done in this case. A number of people have, on the previous entry, posted comments listing the email addresses of the principal, King, and others, urging other readers to write to abuse them.
Those comments have been summarily deleted before they were ever shown. I’m not writing about outrageous abuse by unthinking bureaucrats to get unthinking readers to create more abuse. Think, damn it!
This story is just an example of what’s happening in our schools, not just that one school. No, not necessarily rape, but idiotic administrators who refuse to use their brains or education to make common-sense decisions that help students, rather than hurt them. It’s not “zero tolerance” but more “zero thought” — zero tolerance is just a symptom of the bigger problem.
The point, dear readers, is not that you should abuse Mr. King or other administrators, but rather that you must pay attention to what’s going on in the schools in your own community.
It’s not that there are felonies being committed in the halls that the school isn’t reporting (though that might happen), but there could be other, less serious examples of injustice, or lack of thought like zero tolerance, going on there.
What To Do
The kids that are victims of ZT and other unthinking in your community need your support. Their parents need your support. If a parent shows up at a school board meeting to complain, they’re easily shrugged off. But if a hundred concerned citizens show up and say “This isn’t right!” and “If these professionals aren’t making good decisions, why are we paying them professional wages?” Ah, then things will start to happen! Especially when you add “And you better fix it, or we’ll put people on this board who will!” That gets their attention too.
Yep: all we really have to do is tell bureaucrats, “Do your job! It’s what we pay you for!” — and make it clear that if they don’t, you (who pay their salaries!) won’t hesitate to replace them with someone who will actually earn their pay. (Obviously, as discussed in the comments, that has to be a credible threat!)
That’s when things will change. That’s when things will improve. “Think globally” (including the stories here), but “act locally.” Your schools need you. Things are already on track to change in Muncie, Indiana.
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