Militarized Schooling? "Newtown Was A Nuclear Bomb That Changed Everything"

Tyler Durden's picture

The following sign on the grass in front of a Texas school sums up where we are with the militarization of education in America.


As WSJ reports, public schools nationwide are greeting students for the fall term with a host of new security measures including adding armed guards, giving guns to employees, installing perimeter fencing, and bulletproof glass. "It's kind of the way of the world, unfortunately," notes one parent, but bulking up on security has led some parents and experts to question how it affects students. The idea of "hardening" schools against intruders took on urgency after Dec 2012: "Newtown was a nuclear bomb that changed the whole landscape of everything."



"The reality is that we do have to be careful, and the children have to be aware of it, too," she said. "It's kind of the way of the world, unfortunately."

But, as WSJ reports, bulking up on security has led some parents and experts to question how it affects students.

"We would like greater attention to the psychological safety measures," said Stephen Brock, president of the National Association of School Psychologists. "They need to not just be safe at school but also feel safe at school."

From a percentage standpoint, schools remain a safe place for children.

A joint report by the U.S. Education Department and Justice Department released in June found that less than 2% of youth homicides occurred at schools between the 1992-93 and 2010-11 school years.

Yet a stream of violent incidents at schools since Sandy Hook has added to the concern about school security, with preliminary estimates from the joint report saying there were at least 17 school-associated violent deaths in the 11 months after the December 2012 shooting.




The idea of "hardening" schools against intruders took on urgency after the December 2012 killing of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., with districts considering a variety of measures, from adding armed guards or giving guns to employees to installing perimeter fencing and bulletproof glass.


"Newtown was a nuclear bomb that changed the whole landscape of everything just because of the magnitude of it," said Jamie Grime, superintendent of Montpelier Exempted Village Schools in northwestern Ohio. "Security has always been an issue, but maybe not a huge issue. Now it is."

This will end well...

Returning students at Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Fla. found 20 new armed officers in the elementary schools in the first year of a plan costing about $1 million.


The school board also approved security training for employees, the hiring of a safety consultant and more measures to control school access, such as fencing and buzzers.


Meanwhile, all 16 schools in the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, public school district have been enclosed in security fencing and each school limits visitors to a single entry point, officials said. This September, for the first time, two police officers will patrol elementary schools, at a cost of roughly $68,000 from the district's state funding.


...officials continue to allow four anonymous employees to carry firearms on school property. Bulletproof glass and panic buttons have been installed, and officials held schoolwide assemblies for security training.

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Anyone who sends their kids to public schools is an irresponsible parent.

quasimodo's picture

I would agree somewhat with that statement, however not everyone can afford a private school.......not that it's the answer to all the maladies with public ed

gmrpeabody's picture

I suppose these will be the same types they put in the airports to protect us.

Just saying....

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Just thinking ahead by preparing them for prison life.

Seriously, maybe it's time to give up on mandatory schooling, at least after age 12.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Fuck the Government Indoctrination Centers.

sleigher's picture

I agree on the gov indoctrination centers.  I unfortunately being a single parent cannot afford private school.  Do not have the time (work) for home schooling.  I would gladly and in an instant take my kids out of public school, as soon as there is an alternative for a person in my position.  Anyone?  It is easy to knock things and say people are stupid for doing it.  I have yet to see a viable alternative.

Edit: I do spend a considerable amount of time undoing their indoctrination.  Making sure what they are learning is correct and not some liberal slant.  Ensuring they question the lessons and what they are being taught.  To always consider the other side and to think critically about what is being fed to them. It is amazong some of the crap they come home with.

Stackers's picture

Welcome to CostCo - I love you

Welcome to CostCo - I love you

Welcome to CostCo - I love you

Welcome to CostCo - I love you

rehypothecator's picture

Declaring that rights won't be abrogated in a particular location hardly amounts to a militarization of that location.  People can carry guns on many sidewalks, but that doesn't make the sidewalks militarized.  (Note: do not take this as a general endorsement of government schools.)  

SafelyGraze's picture

paw-paw told me that I could probably be homeschooled this year

but he and maw-maw have re-entered the workforce as walmart greeters, so I would have to do an online self-paced thing here in the basement

which would probably just devolve to reading zh and following the links

the links in the ads


Drunk In Church's picture

Only the cops should have guns.  The citizenry can't be trusted with firearms.  When will the government wake up.  It's time to start cracking down on Joe Six Pack.

Confused's picture

Carrying the guns is not what makes it militarized. Schools are, in a sense, a camp that is now guarded with limited entry and exit points. 

I choose to walk on the sidewalk. Children do not have the choice to attend school. 

JRev's picture

Teachers = Government payrolled brainwashers.

Schools = Government indoctrination centers replicating prison life

Schools where only teachers are armed = FILL IN THE FUCKING BLANKS.

sleigher's picture

There won't be a costco by the time they would have entered the workforce.  Unless it is some stronghold by the local militia.

Frankie Carbone's picture

"Not Sure" also went to a public school but with his perfectly average 100 IQ he was in all the advanced placement classes, like Basic Algebra and Reading Comprehension in 12th grade. 

A Nanny Moose's picture

You cannot afford private or home schooling, because of monopoly gurantees by gubmint, to the pewblik skewls.

"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel" - Socrates Johnson

benb's picture

According to school security consultant/expert Wolfgang Halbig two websites for major charities to commemorate the 'victims' of the Sandy Hook shootings and to collect donations, were up and online a full two days before the supposed shootings occurred. The whole thing was staged. It was all bullshit to attack your 2nd amendment rights. Why isn't anyone talking about that?

Research it. -

9-11 changed everything too... remember that staged bullshit?


The posts at this site continue to disappoint.

RichardParker's picture

Hopefully your kids weren't being taught to sing songs about our beloved leader.

JRev's picture

There very much is. It's called unschooling. It'll require a significant amount of time and effort on your part, but it's entirely feasible for anyone. I know parents who work two jobs each and manage to unschool their children; it's hard, but you owe it to them to at least try.

It's commendable that you take time to undo the improper knowledge that school levies upon children, but there are things about the Prussian system of education that can never be undone. The heirarchical caste-based structure that kids are forced into to "prepare" them for society, the deference to authority figures in order to succeed, a willingness to follow orders to avoid punishment, adhering to social norms so as not to be bullied... these are unavoidable and traumatic psychological inevitabilities of school. Why do you think people have nightmares about their school days well into their later years? :P

“Children learn what they live. Put kids in a class and they will live out their lives in an invisible cage, isolated from their chance at community; interrupt kids with bells and horns all the time and they will learn that nothing is important or worth finishing; ridicule them and they will retreat from human association; shame them and they will find a hundred ways to get even. The habits taught in large-scale organizations are deadly.”
-John Taylor Gatto


Newbie-Plus's picture

I get all the anti gov-school sentiment...but we have to realize the flip side as well.  As bad as many schools are, there are many more sets of parents completely unprepared to teach their children anything to prepare them for the future.  I'm all for the parents having the decision to make that choice, and I completely support parents right, and do not think any type of "test" should be imposed...but I've seen some kids get totally screwed up from home school as well.  I've seen parents who weren't smart enough to get through the material past about 3rd grade level.  I've seen parents who can't figure out how to find answers when the kid has them.  I've seen kids who "graduate" a state's home schooling program and couldn't get through 8th grade coursework taught in a school.  

The school system is definitely broken, but pushing everyone to homeschool is like pushing everyone to own a gun.  It should be everyone's choice...but it isn't the right choice for everyone.

JRev's picture

Freedom of choice is paramount, sure, but those failed "home schooling" attempts are probably enacted by either a) Parents who were themselves a product of public schools, or b) Parents who tried to replicate, as opposed to eliminate, traditional government schooling. How could one do anything else if that's all they know?

Point is, this all leads back to the slow, steady retardation that the Prussian system of education breeds. At some point, just like the economic mass that's barreling down on Western society, this problem will HAVE to be dealt with. It will be ugly. That's the result of serially abusing children for nearly 100 years now; not sure if I believe in karma, but I do believe in physics. The inertia of public indoctrination must be stopped, but it cannot be halted without casualties.

Supernova Born's picture

Armed school employees are fine with me.

Defenselessness is never a solution. Children being murdered without a fight is an abomination.



By children, you mean 17 and under? Not the 18 year olds being murdered overseas right?

Supernova Born's picture

What are you talking about? Nothing I said had jack to do with dismissing the deaths of children anywhere.



Hickok45 on YouTube was a school teacher.

Check out how that ole Tennessee school teacher can shoot.


JRev's picture

Hickok45, for his bredth of knowledge about firearms, is also a flag-waving dupe who's too propagandized to acknowledge the true nature of the tyranny around him. I love the old guy, and I'd happily have him by my side at a dinner table or a gun fight, but his geopolitical and historical musings are about as worthwhile to me as the shit-stained rags I flush down the toilet twice a day.

Teachers are being turned into prison guards. If that much isn't abundantly clear to you, I don't know what else to say. Just you wait; perhaps there will be triumphant tales of armed teachers defending classrooms at life and limb, but sooner or later, the situation will devolve into teachers "defending" themselves and State property from the increasingly "violent" youth. And why wouldn't they be violent? They're being dumbed down at an ever-increasing rate and treated like cattle. Problem, reaction, solution, remember? This solution, like all the others brought about by Hegelianism, will end poorly for Joe Six Pack.

John Gatto, America's PREMIER educator, on Columbine as an INEVITABLE result of public schooling:

...or as I like to call it, quit swatting branches and hack at the root of the problem.

SuperRay's picture

I work with a woman who has a military family.  Her husband was in Iraq, her sons are in the reserves.  She told me the other day that her youngest is eager to go to Iraq and fight against ISIS.  I've tried to talk to her about the total corruption driving the deaths of these kids, but she's totally committed to the military mentality.   Her son's death, if it happens, will change nothing for her.

Freddie's picture

So her kids are fighting and maybe dying for Obama and the bankers?  Dumb sheep.   Amazing that if you talk to anyone who was over there with a brain - they will tell you it was total BS.  People who were in Afghan talk about patrols where See Eye Aye is protecting the poppy fields.

I have no sympathy for her if she loses her kid after you tried to tell her. 

JRev's picture

Empire only ends when there's no one left to fight; either people change their minds, or these morally backwards dimwits keep sending their loved ones into the meat grinder until we're all broke. I can only listen to so many stories like yours before I come to the conclusion that the first option is a virtual impossibility at this point.

I weep not for dead mercernaries on either side.

"War isn't hell at all. It's man at his best; the highest morality he's capable of. It's not war that's insane, you see. It's the morality of it. It's not greed or ambition that makes war: it's goodness. Wars are always fought for the best of reasons: for liberation or manifest destiny. Always against tyranny and always in the interest of humanity. So far this war, we've managed to butcher some ten million humans in the interest of humanity. Next war it seems we'll have to destroy all of man in order to preserve his damn dignity. It's not war that's unnatural to us, it's virtue. As long as valor remains a virtue, we shall have soldiers. So, I preach cowardice. Through cowardice, we shall all be saved."
-Charlie Madison, The Americanization of Emily

luckystars's picture

Military school comes to mind

nmewn's picture

Because gun free kill zones are better?


And on that point, I can tell you with metaphysical certitude that, guns are (and have been) on my sons high school campus (though "illegal) for years. Thereby making fully three quarters of the graduates (by virtue of that fact) "felons", though never charged but they did break "the law" and they knew it when they did it and still do it.

Yet, no one has ever been shot.

Remarkable restraint from the yout's, yes? ;-)


boattrash's picture

nmewn, Well put. I'm in my late 40's, but in my H.S. days, Aprox 1/2 of the vehicles in the parking lot had rifles, shotguns, or both. (It was also the largest School District in the state, by area). Oddly enough, we never had a problem with school shootings.

PS. We did have a special guest (old Barn-Stormer type stuntman) that shot helium balloons from his motorcycle using a .22 rifle. He also blew a stick of dynamite, in a "doghouse" while his head was in it. (W/helmet, of course). What a Show on the football field!

nmewn's picture

Its amazing to me how the "Coddled Class" can't control or raise their children to be normal.

I brought up squire nmewn, it was about the age of seven or eight I introduced him to firearms. He wanted to shoot my .357, so I put some .38's in it and we plinked a few.

Then I put in .357's and walked up to a pine tree and blew a hole in it and told him to come over. I said, look at that little hole and feel that bark, hard huh? He said yeah. I said, feel your arm, soft huh? He said yeah Dad.

I said now come around here to the back and look at what it did coming through & out.

I told him then & there these things can kill you or someone you love if you're careless or show no respect for them...and they can also save your life or someone you love.

He got it instantly ;-)

boattrash's picture

Well done! I've had similar sessions w/my Grandson, starting @ age 6. His level of attention to detail, and comprehension of safe handling are impressive. To date, he will check with an adult first, open the bolt to verify an empty chamber, then show adult the empty chamber.

I only wish I could get adult co-workers to soak up the basics so well...

Leraconteur's picture

Wow, thanks for the memory jog.
That's right, my high school DID do just that. No religious stuff, just some guy blowing up a dog house at the 50 yard line, wearing a helmet.

Good to know it lasted another few years, I am  in my mid-50's. 

What do you think, 1984 and it went to hell? 

boattrash's picture

"What do you think, 1984 and it went to hell?"

It's hard to put into a time frame, as I was not the most "awakened" 18 yr old.

In hind-sight, I would have to agree that it was headed down then, but has just Rapidly increased speed. How did it go from having a show like that, to some law banning firearms within 1500ft of school property (which if you look, actually includes many homes).

I'm giad you got to see that show too! (He also could throw 100 Ringers in a row).

Ckierst1's picture

Armed citizens are fine by me.

HolyfieldsOtherEar's picture

Of course, instead of hardening schools against intruders hopped up on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, we could just stop massively over-prescribing these dangerous psychotropics. But no, how much police-statey fun would that be?

magnumpk's picture

I agree.  Arm teachers, or at least some of them.  While not ideal, it's better than teachers and kids being shot like animals in pens.  And while I'm at it, every time I walk into my kid's middle school I think, "this is a prison."  It looks like one, feels like one, and is operated like one.  Which is to say we are strongly considering private school, even though I've already paid for the prison.

magnumpk's picture

I agree.  Arm teachers, or at least some of them.  While not ideal, it's better than teachers and kids being shot like animals in pens.  And while I'm at it, every time I walk into my kid's middle school I think, "this is a prison."  It looks like one, feels like one, and is operated like one.  Which is to say we are strongly considering private school, even though I've already paid for the prison.

Ckierst1's picture

Parochial schools are frequently better than public schools, less threatening and less expensive than private academies.  People should be able to direct their pro rata share of education tax monies to the educational institution of their choice.  I would even hold still if the state required that they be accredited, so long as they weren't dictating curriculae and indoctrination like pointy headed, goosestepping fascisti.

Oleander's picture

Homeschool is as expensive as you make it. Plenty of free materials online. Private schools are not necessarily better just because they are expensive.


A Nanny Moose's picture

It private school is unaffordable, it is largely due to government protected monopolies granted to pewblik skewlz. Competition reduces price. Peri-Fucking-Od!

awakeRewe's picture

"however not everyone can afford a private school"

However not everyone can afford to have children


You breed em you feed em ... if you knw what I mean.



JRev's picture

Private schools, with the exception of the few elite East Coast high schools like Andover that serve as Ivy League training grounds, are no better than public schools. Sure, the structure might be a bit less tyrannical and industrial in nature, but who do you think prints their books? McMillan. Wiley and Sons. Simon and Schuster. The same Rockefeller/Carnegie endorsed drivel they feed kids less successfuly at their public counterparts.

The point is, if you're going to have children, make sure you can provide for them first. Provision, in my book, means making sure your children grow up to be as intelligent and unabused as possible, which means teaching and raising them yourself, as was intended. American schooling is a form of welfare for parents at the expense of kids, and it's high time people started viewing it that way.

TrulyStupid's picture

Yes, best keep them in a well armed home and feed them racism,  fundamentalist Chrisitianity and paranoic "history".  Teach them the supremacy of force over freedom and prepare them for a Mcjob.

Overfed's picture

Better off sending them to public school to learn dependency, helplessness, and .gov worship? Not to mention learning phony history and getting a proper fascist/socialist indoctrination.

CH1's picture

Home schooling for the win!