What are some unforeseen outcomes of conditioning our children to live in a police state?
Are we really protecting them? My own observations in concert with one law enforcement officer's view in the wake of Oslo.
POLICE STATE: a political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police, and especially secret police, in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures.
I recently attended a high-school age swimming meet here in Texas. When we entered the front doors, at 7:30 am, there sat two volunteer parents at a table selling programs and tickets. Standing less than three feet behind them were two law enforcement officers with hands on hips and eyeing everyone that entered. It would be 100 degrees outside that day, but they were wearing combat boots, black BDUs, tactical armor in external carriers, pistols, and radios. The uniform patches and logos on their two brand new black Challengers, illegally parked just outside, identified them as XXXXXX Independent School District Police.
The kids all filed right by these police officers without even a second glance. Why would they think twice? After all, these kids are all hard working (swimming twice a day, six days per week, for 2+ hours) and drug free (high school athletes in Texas must agree to random drug tests to participate). They have nothing to fear from the police, which are there to serve and protect them.
When I asked my child about my observation, he explained how the police at his school are, "always around." He has become accustomed to their presence.
I explained that back in the 80's, when I was in high school, we had a Cancer Hill on campus where the kids went to smoke, and I don't think I ever saw a police officer set foot on our campus in three years. "Really?" he asked me. "Really," I said.
"Why do you think the police are always present now in school and at swim meets?" I asked. His reply was that he sees them pulling kids out of class almost every day, obtaining consent (LEOs receive extensive training on this), then walking out to the parking lot to search the child's vehicle, or down the hall to search the child's locker and backpack. I asked him if students always gave consent? He said they do, as far as he knows.
I asked my son what he thought would happen if everyone in his school refused to give consent, and requested that the police get a search warrant, signed by a judge, to search their car or backpack. He surmised that the number of searches would probably decrease, but the police would surely make trouble for anyone that tried this.
Just a day after this conversation with my son, in the wake of the tragedy in Norway, I read the following from Brian Hoffner.
What will happen to your kid when attacked by an active shooter?
We law enforcement have and will continue to train for the active shooter. When it happens I can only hope that I am close and that I get there first. Cops like me can’t stand not to be there and to not be there fast. Regardless, we can only get there so fast and people will die while waiting for us.
I don’t find it surprising, just disappointing, that the Norwegian teenagers did not team up and stop this lone shooter from massacring over 80 people. I’m not so sure it wouldn’t happen the same with American teenagers today. We saw what happened at Virginia Tech when grown college kids simple waited for their turn to die.
I was the keynote speaker a few weeks ago at a state organized school district law enforcement conference. I discovered that even after Columbine and all the active shooter incidents since that the schools may be having some lock down drills the students are still not being taught that they may have to defend themselves.
ADD is the acronym that we recommend the schools use and teach their student body. A) AVOID- get away, escape the situation to safety. D) DENY- if you cannot escape, deny the threat access to your location. Lock and barricade doors, cover windows. D) DEFEND- If avoid is impossible, and deny has failed and you are about to die…DON’T DIE! You must defend. Two or more full size students and/or teachers can overpower one individual with a firearm. One must attack the firearm while the other or others attack the shooter. Take him down and stop him from killing.
Apparently, it’s not pleasant to discuss such things with students. It could scare them. Let’s just do fire drills instead and tell the kids how smart they are, no kids left behind, just dead on the floor.
If you have children in school find out from the administration what the active shooter policy and plan is and what they are telling your children to do. Remember that YOU are the primary teacher of your children. It is your responsibility to see them succeed, achieve good grades, get into college, know how to stay safe and if necessary, defend themselves.
It’s a great big beautiful world out there, but it just takes one nut to kill eighty people in short order and there are plenty of them out there too. Do not leave home without your equipment and your head on a spindle. If you feel like you haven’t been training enough lately, then you haven’t been, take care of it.
Let others be sheep.
I share Hoffner's concern that, "...students are still not being taught that they may have to defend themselves." In fact, I believe it is clear that our students are being taught every single day that the government has control of political, economic, and social life through the arbitrary exercises of power by police, in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government such as teachers and principals.