How Do You Prepare A Child For Life In The American Police State?

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Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf.” ? Alfred Hitchcock

In an age dominated with news of school shootings, school lockdowns, police shootings of unarmed citizens (including children), SWAT team raids gone awry (leaving children devastated and damaged), reports of school resource officers tasering and shackling unruly students, and public schools undergoing lockdowns and active drills, I find myself wrestling with the question: how do you prepare a child for life in the American police state?

Every parent lives with a fear of the dangers that prey on young children: the predators who lurk at bus stops and playgrounds, the traffickers who make a living by selling young bodies, the peddlers who push drugs that ensnare and addict, the gangs that deal in violence and bullets, the drunk drivers, the school bullies, the madmen with guns, the diseases that can end a life before it’s truly begun, the cynicism of a modern age that can tarnish innocence, and the greed of a corporate age that makes its living by trading on young consumers.

It’s difficult enough raising a child in a world ravaged by war, disease, poverty and hate, but when you add the police state into the mix—with its battlefield mindset, weaponry, rigidity, surveillance, fascism, indoctrination, violence, etc.—it becomes near impossible to guard against the toxic stress of police shootings, SWAT team raids, students being tasered and shackled, lockdown drills, and a growing unease that some of the monsters of our age come dressed in government uniforms.

Children are taught from an early age that there are consequences for their actions. Hurt somebody, lie, steal, cheat, etc., and you will get punished. But how do you explain to a child that a police officer can shoot someone who was doing nothing wrong and get away with it? That a cop can lie, steal, cheat, or kill and still not be punished?

Kids understand accidents: sometimes drinks get spilled, dishes get broken, people slip and fall and hurt themselves, or you bump into someone without meaning to, and they get hurt. As long as it wasn’t intentional and done with malice, you forgive them and you move on. Police shootings of unarmed people—of children and old people and disabled people—can’t just be shrugged off as accidents, however.

Tamir Rice was no accident. Cleveland police shot and killed the 12-year-old, who was seen playing on a playground with a pellet gun. Surveillance footage shows police shooting the boy two seconds after getting out of a moving patrol car. Incredibly, the shooting was deemed “reasonable” and “justified” by two law enforcement experts who concluded that the police use of force “did not violate Tamir's constitutional rights.”

Aiyana Jones was also no accident. The 7-year-old was killed after a Detroit SWAT team launched a flash-bang grenade into her family’s apartment, broke through the door and opened fire, hitting the little girl who was asleep on the living room couch. The cops weren’t even in the right apartment. Ironically, on the same day that President Obama refused to stop equipping police with the very same kinds of military weapons and gear used to raid Aiyana’s home, it was reported that the police officer who shot and killed the little girl would not face involuntary manslaughter charges.

Obama insists that $263 million to purchase body cameras for police will prevent any further erosions of trust, but a body camera would not have prevented Aiyana from being shot in the head. Indeed, the entire sorry affair was captured on camera: a TV crew was filming the raid for an episode of The First 48, a true-crime reality show in which homicide detectives have 48 hours to crack a case.

While that $263 million will make Taser International, the manufacturer of the body cameras, a whole lot richer, it’s doubtful it would have prevented a SWAT team from shooting 14-month-old Sincere in the shoulder and hand and killing his mother.

No body camera could have stopped a Georgia SWAT team from launching a flash-bang grenade into the house in which Baby Bou Bou, his three sisters and his parents were staying. The grenade landed in the 2-year-old’s crib, burning a hole in his chest and leaving him with scarring that a lifetime of surgeries will not be able to easily undo.

No body camera could have prevented 10-year-old Dakota Corbitt from being shot by a Georgia police officer who tried to shoot an inquisitive dog, missed, and hit the young boy, instead.

When police shot 4-year-old Ava Ellis in the leg, shattering the bone, it actually was an accident, but it was an accident that could have been prevented. Police reported to Ava’s house after being told that Ava’s mother, who had cut her arm, was in need of a paramedic. Cops claimed that the family pet charged the officer who was approaching the house, causing him to fire his gun and hit the little girl.

Alberto Sepulveda, 11, died from one “accidental” shotgun round to the back, after a SWAT team raided his parents’ home. Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez Cruz was shot 7 times in 10 seconds by a California police officer who mistook the boy’s toy gun for an assault rifle. Christopher Roupe, 17, was shot and killed after opening the door to a police officer. The officer, mistaking the Wii remote control in Roupe’s hand for a gun, shot him in the chest.

These children are more than grim statistics on a police blotter. They are the heartbreaking casualties of the government’s endless, deadly wars on terror, on drugs, and on the American people themselves.

Not even the children who survive their encounters with police escape unscathed. Increasingly, their lives are daily lessons in compliance and terror, meted out with every SWAT team raid, roadside strip search, and school drill.

Who is calculating the damage being done to the young people forced to watch as their homes are trashed and their dogs are shot during SWAT team raids? A Minnesota SWAT team actually burst into one family’s house, shot the family’s dog, handcuffed the children and forced them to “sit next to the carcass of their dead and bloody pet for more than an hour.” They later claimed it was the wrong house.

More than 80% of American communities have their own SWAT teams, with more than 80,000 of these paramilitary raids are carried out every year. That translates to more than 200 SWAT team raids every day in which police crash through doors, damage private property, terrorize adults and children alike, kill family pets, assault or shoot anyone that is perceived as threatening—and all in the pursuit of someone merely suspected of a crime, usually some small amount of drugs.

What are we to tell our nation’s children about the role of police in their lives? Do you parrot the government line that police officers are community helpers who are to be trusted and obeyed at all times? Do you caution them to steer clear of a police officer, warning them that any interactions could have disastrous consequences? Or is there some happy medium between the two that, while being neither fairy tale nor horror story, can serve as a cautionary tale for young people who will encounter police at virtually every turn?

No matter what you say, there can be no avoiding the hands-on lessons being taught in the schools about the role of police in our lives, ranging from active shooter drills and school-wide lockdowns to incidents in which children engaging in typically childlike behavior are suspended (for shooting an imaginary “arrow” at a fellow classmate), handcuffed (for being disruptive at school), arrested (for throwing water balloons as part of a school prank), and even tasered (for not obeying instructions).

For example, a middle school in Washington State went on lockdown after a student brought a toy gun to class. A Boston high school went into lockdown for four hours after a bullet was discovered in a classroom. A North Carolina elementary school locked down and called in police after a fifth grader reported seeing an unfamiliar man in the school (it turned out to be a parent).

Better safe than sorry is the rationale offered to those who worry that these drills are terrorizing and traumatizing young children. As journalist Dahlia Lithwick points out: “I don’t recall any serious national public dialogue about lockdown protocols or how they became the norm. It seems simply to have begun, modeling itself on the lockdowns that occur during prison riots, and then spread until school lockdowns and lockdown drills are as common for our children as fire drills, and as routine as duck-and-cover drills were in the 1950s.”

These drills have, indeed, become routine.

As the New York Times reports: “Most states have passed laws requiring schools to devise safety plans, and several states, including Michigan, Kentucky and North Dakota, specifically require lockdown drills. Some drills are as simple as a principal making an announcement and students sitting quietly in a darkened classroom. At other schools, police officers and school officials playact a shooting, stalking through the halls like gunmen and testing whether doors have been locked.”

Police officers at a Florida middle school carried out an active shooter drill in an effort to educate students about how to respond in the event of an actual shooting crisis. Two armed officers, guns loaded and drawn, burst into classrooms, terrorizing the students and placing the school into lockdown mode.

What is particularly chilling is how effective these lessons in compliance are in indoctrinating young people to accept their role in the police state, either as criminals or prison guards. If these exercises are intended to instill fear and compliance into young people, they’re working.

Sociologist Alice Goffman understands how far-reaching the impact of such “exercises” can be on young people. For six years, Goffman lived in a low-income urban neighborhood, documenting the impact such an environment—a microcosm of the police state—on its residents. Her account of neighborhood children playing cops and robbers speaks volumes about how constant exposure to pat downs, strip searches, surveillance and arrests can result in a populace that meekly allows itself to be prodded, poked and stripped.

As journalist Malcolm Gladwell writing for the New Yorker reports:

Goffman sometimes saw young children playing the age-old game of cops and robbers in the street, only the child acting the part of the robber wouldn’t even bother to run away: I saw children give up running and simply stick their hands behind their back, as if in handcuffs; push their body up against a car without being asked; or lie flat on the ground and put their hands over their head. The children yelled, “I’m going to lock you up! I’m going to lock you up, and you ain’t never coming home!” I once saw a six-year-old pull another child’s pants down to do a “cavity search.”

Clearly, our children are getting the message, but it’s not the message that was intended by those who fomented a revolution and wrote our founding documents. Their philosophy was that the police work for us, and “we the people” are the masters, and they are to be our servants. Now that has been turned on its head, fueled by our fears (some legitimate, some hyped along by the government and its media mouthpieces) about the terrors and terrorists that lurk among us.

It’s getting harder by the day to tell young people that we live in a nation that values freedom and which is governed by the rule of law without feeling like a teller of tall tales. Yet as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, unless something changes and soon for the young people growing up, there will be nothing left of freedom as we have known it but a fairy tale without a happy ending.


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roisaber's picture

The Empire's war on the family has gone more splendedly than any of their other plans I can think of. Humans used to organize themselves in terms of clans, and they held, fought, and fucked with the philosophy of share and share alike. Then they were convinced that direct genetic lineages were the proper way to organize human beings. From there, it was just a hop, skip, and a jump to the nuclear family. That great myth managed to create elders with no caretakers; children with no social support structures outside their oft-ignorant parents and booger-eating peers, and turn aunts and uncles into articles of sexual threat rather than supportive framework. Humans have been bilked. It was all too easy to turn their own jealousy against itself until each individual was a surrounded army of one.

ebworthen's picture

"Do not ask the Police for help."

Sad, isn't it?

msjimmied's picture

If I need men to show up, I'll say there is a fire. Firemen don't have guns, they are not trained to be in "fear for their lives". They got the flashing lights and sirens...they'll do.

Ms No's picture

To each their own but now may be a good time to consider not having children.  There is no more vulnerable place to be in under these circumstances than having an innocent child which can be used as leverage against you.  People can face any circumstance bravely until they have a child and then bravery quickly becomes... "please I will do anything".  I really don't give a shit if the authorities feel that we need to breed like rabbits to maintain their perpetual growth model, with a hundred million out of the workforce this makes no sense anyway.   

A very big war may be around the corner and if China is involved they will have to instate the draft for both men and women, like it or not the reality is that our kids are in danger and the world is quickly becoming no place for children. 

Seek_Truth's picture

"How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! " - Matthew 24:19

Matthew 24:

That day is drawing near.

Next spring WW3 will likely begin, and the USA/UK and allies will not win this time.

Christophe2's picture

For me, there is no better proof of being poor [white] trash than to bring kids into the world when the parents can't offer those kids any decent living environment.

That is the difference between beasts and men/women: do you procreate just because of your sex and social drives, or are you able to sit back and question what's truly right and wrong to do with your life?

Not only will your kids be used against you to shut you up (they are the first thing TPTB target when they target you), but in addition, we need a lot of free time and resources in order to be able to try to figure out how to solve our satanic infestation.  Ya can't do much of that once you are saddled with kids!

The_Dude's picture

Man, are you fucking stupid!!!

Lost in translation's picture

Excellent advice. I share these thoughts, as well.

Philo Beddoe's picture

It is the best time ever to have kids. Raise the new ones to reject the system.  When you here the words Daddy, fucking bullshit right?  you will know Jr. is on the right path. 

FreeShitter's picture

Just pull out. Thank me later.

astoriajoe's picture

Thankfully, in a way anyway, I never had kids. Trying to convey all this to my girlfriend in an abbreviated manner is difficult, especially as she's not a native english speaker. I'm going to attempt the pop-culture route  with movies, ie. Enemy of the State, Collapse, The Matrix. any other movie suggestions? 

sleigher's picture

"How Do You Prepare A Child For Life In The American Police State?"

Teach him/her to shoot?

or leave

Dane Bramage's picture

"How Do You Prepare A Child For Life In The American Police State?"

Teach him/her to shoot?


Teach them to shoot goggles, accurately.  Body armor won't help that.  ;-)

runswithscissors's picture

teach them to shoot first, aim for the head, do not surrender, do not comply...if its invading your home it doesn't matter if its wearing a badge or a hoodie

DaddyO's picture

Head Shot is low probability...

Best way to defeat body armor is two words.



Shad_ow's picture

We don't even know how to live under the thumb of tyrants, how can we teach them how to do it?

dexter_morgan's picture


Teach your children well......rings a bit hollow these day, no?


dexter_morgan's picture

Police state? Where? Here? no way, c'mon. Go away, DWTS is on already. Da gubmit will fix it for me.

Seek_Truth's picture

Real life Idiocracy.

Life, imitates art, imitates life.

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Oct 15, 2015 11:19 PM

There will be lots of freedom after their State falls apart due to its own ineptitude.  It's not going to matter what propaganda they shove down our throats.

rejected's picture

" How Do You Prepare A Child For Life In The American Police State? "

Send them to government schools!

Easy Peasy...

JamaicaJim's picture

Teach them well.

Get passports for them ASAP. Stock and stack. Get RID of the fucking TEEVEES, and asinine hand held "devices". Don't let them play video games.

Plan to move to a place off the grid.


Manipuflation's picture

Pack a few clothes and some guns and then take your 10 year old daughter out of school, grab your four old son and wife and drive to Idaho on a moments notice like I did.  No warning.  No planning.  No explanation.  We are just going.  They all loved it.

Another thing that can be done is to take your daughter to school on a chromed out Harley on "Dad's take your daughter to skool day."  You know how fragile a young girl's sef-esteem can be.  She was so proud when we rolled up and her friends all saw her.  Even the teachers told her that it was cool what Dad did.

Or another thing is that is my children have been to Russia twice.  My daughter's latest teacher is perplexed as to how a child of ten years old can write the way she does.  Well, she speaks two languages.  Dad not so much.  I was told by the teacher that my daughter is the best writer she has ever seen in her classes.  I would hope so.

I have been teaching the kids to shoot guns.

I also took my daughter to a political caucus that I ended up having to run.  She asked what a caucus was.  I thought I was done with politics but no. 

That is at least part of how to raise children because I am not giving up.  I can't and I won't.

You have to take them and show them.   


DipshitMiddleClassWhiteKid's picture

this is why the average white american is doomed


these people do not spend any time with their children. they are too busy working stupid corporate jobs. their kids become statists and social media lemmings 



Manipuflation's picture

I will not let my daughter be an idiot.  She will make good decisions I believe.  She has her own precious metals stash too.  Nothing wrong with that.  I did have something to do with that.  She understands.  

nc551's picture

It doesn't help that you go to jail if you don't send your kids off to the .gov re-education centers for half the day.

Global Douche's picture

Connection timed out, so if this is a duplicate - my apologies..

Being the Iowan I once was, the caucus there is literally a political whirlwind and zoo, all in one. The airwaves there are filled with politics far longer than most other places, due to Iowa's caucus system, being the first in the nation to vote. I expect South Carolina to join with New Hampshire in this circus since both are early voting states.

The beauty of being there? It's easy to meet the candidates, and in most instances, very close up and not near as hurried a visit as many other jurisdictions! Many will travel to all 99 of Iowa's counties at some point. It's even more fun to attend the Straw Poll at Ames. I have pics of the 2012 event and voted for Ron Paul. You may teach her that the ONLY exception allowed for an out-of-stater to vote in the Iowa Straw Poll are any full-time college students (as I was) no matter their state of residency as long as they attend an Iowa college. There were literally hundreds not from Iowa, not attending college in Iowa, who traveled to Ames, hoping to vote. Of course, none of them got a ballot.

Manipuflation's picture

Are you on dial up?  That is a good comment though.  I know about Iowa.  If you want to see corn and soybeans....  Well, that is not so bad really.  So perhaps my message is getting through?  We all have to run third party and it is wide open.  I may not be able to pull this off but I think a couple of well thought out letters to the local newspaper and few signs might be able to pull it off.

I know that Iowa is a benchmark.  I would not be running for anything federal.  The Constitution Party and I hooked up somehow.  I have no idea.  They might be a little too religious for me but they have no one to run in this senate district.  I could run as liberatarian as well.  I can get an endorsement if I really want one.  The question is, is it really woirth it?  Is anyone going to help?  What if I managed to get myeslf elected?  I couldn't do anything if I was alone.  Oh yeah, the lone wolf in the state senate get's nothing done.  I could do procedural things to slow everything down but I would get my ass kicked in the end.  


I can't do this alone.  People need leaders I guess.  I don't listen to everyman and people are like "What the fuck".  I will lead as far neccessary.  Someone else can take over.  I do not even know about the MN Constitution party.  


Here is what I said to them:



Hello Again,      Thank you for taking the time to speak with me this evening.  Let us use this e-mail to make sure we are communicating.  I would be interested in meeting with any of your executive committee members or yourself.  I realize that this may be by invitation only and I respect that fact.  I look forward to your correspondence.

Thank You,


navy62802's picture

You don't prepare a child for a life in "the American Police State." Doing so is the same as teaching a person to be a slave from birth. Instead, you prepare the child for a life in traditional America, where individuals are free to exist as they wish. And when that child sees how different the country is from what its founders intended, then the child will become a patriot ... a person who seeks return of the country to its former greatness.

Boygoy's picture

I've got a bedtime story we can use to lull the wee ones to sleep as the police state looms without, stalks the mind within, always lying, lurking, conniving.

Well, not much of a plotline for kids, but a fictional musing by an "educator" reconciling himself to the new new new new normal: Project Kinderguard

Budnacho's picture

John Wayne movies from 9-yrs old.

Kid needs fundamentals...

ForTheWorld's picture

Better yet - some Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey novels. Let them make their own images, rather than having them inserted directly into their brains.

Budnacho's picture

That my friend is a Capital Idea!....+100

Kids need to read more today...

DipshitMiddleClassWhiteKid's picture

Alciia Goffman or whatever her name is, is a hypocrit jew.


she should be asking about israeli security companies traning US police officers to shoot people in the head and shoot their dogs



Global Douche's picture

Excellent article.

I'm strongly in agreement with other commenters that your kids should be taught as early as possible about reality. Don't try to "Duggar" them as that never works! Homeschooling should include the course on Hard Knocks where reality in the world is dished out so they're not another sheep to be shorn.

Uruguay is an excellent country, but is more expensive for Gringos now, thanks in part to their marijuana legalization. It's on my radar screen though as they have better infrastructure than many other Latin American nations. They're not near the economic basketcase as Argentina, or soon to be in Brazil.

Jorgen's picture

"Uruguay is an excellent country, (...) They're not near the economic basketcase as Argentina, or soon to be in Brazil."

When the Argentinian and Brazilian economies go down, so will the Uruguayan, too. Uruguay is a member of Mercosur and 25% of its foreign trade depends on Brazil and Argentina. I agree, though, that Uruguay (or Chile) is a good choice for relocation to South America. Personally, I am considering Colombia (Cartagena) and am going there (for the first time) next year to check that country out.

Buster Cherry's picture

I told my kids when they were in high school that when I was their age and in high school, there were no standing police squards in our schools...period, and the only time I ever remember a policeman coming to our  school it was because he was giving an educational seminar.


We were so much freer then. I could walk down the street with my air rifle, and no one freaked out. I could ride my bike for hours, and travel miles, and it was routine, you know, what boys did.

My Dad let me camp out next to the bayou when I was 10 years old and I somehow survived it.


The poor kids today have no concept of Liberty.

sidiji's picture

Obama is a traitor who should be impeached.  He just admited to training ISIL, a terrorist organization that has killed americans and alot of innocent people.  This is a violation of US laws and treason.


cheka's picture

been there, doing that

prepare for your kid to be an outcast - knowing more than peers/teachers/professors.  the truth is often a complete 180 from the groupthink

of course they will be vindicated over time...but hard for them to deal with the early toll.  have to build confidence along with raw truth

honestann's picture

To protect children from predators, move far away from predators, and keep them away from predators.

Get the hell outta dodge!

PS:  You also teach kids that "law", "state", "nation", "authority", "government" are fictions, and flat out do not exist.

You explain that "authority" and "government" are simply adult versions of "Simon Says"... except adults are terminally insane and stupid, and somehow forget those "games" are just made-up fictions.

Plus, trust no one.

wizteknet's picture

Tell them straight up nothing is free in life, the only way you are going to get it is go out there bust your ass & get it. Take my advice stay away from drugs, alcohol, college loans, & credit cards learn from my mistakes in the past! Had to admit it. Also if your a male use a rubber or u have to pay child support or goto jail(heard they have a pill for men now, lol).

taopraxis's picture
taopraxis (not verified) wizteknet Oct 16, 2015 7:46 AM

Basically good practical advice, but the truth is that all of the best things in life are free. One of the nice things about not being rich is watching rich people try to buy the stuff that money simply cannot buy, e.g., brains, beauty, health, love, happiness and so on...

TAALR Swift's picture

Inoculate them with the occasional ZH article, that seems appropriate and interesting to them.

Explain how Money Creation is done, who does it, and what its effects are.

Not every child is into shooting guns.  But a pellet/BB gun can be fun in the backyard, and is a good intro.  So is archery.

Have them watch the various Survival shows on NatGeo, Discover, etc. (Bear Grylls, Dual Survival, Naked & Afraid...)

Buy a bullet-resistant armored plate (soft or hard), and insert it in their backpack.

Teach them how they can prevent a classroom shooting, by having a number of classmates working in a coordinated fashion:  Distraction & Action.  The Action can involve any combination of items, used in rapid succession by classmates (sound horn, box cutter, pepper spray, tazer, bag over assailants head, sock & lock whack to head).  This not only gives them a Plan, but having a plan and practicing to it a few times, will give the (high school or university) kids the confidence to remain calm and act with speed and force.  Note that not a single firearms is needed to counter the assailant's threats, if done smartly, and coordinated speed.  All it takes is one event where the kids take down an assailant, and the inspiration will spread like wild fire.

Although I obviously would never advocate an eye-for-an eye approach when it comes to payback for an unjust shooting of a child, I would not be surprised if this happens eventually.


Sam.Spade's picture

Something is changing.  It's just not what you would expect based on history.

If you think we can't change the system through the system, you're right.  Or from the outside through peaceful protests.  Or by standing on your rights at your front door, gun in hand.  Those are all responses the deep state is prepared for, so they won't change anything.

But there is a new way of resisting, one that has never before existed in the world.  Think Snowden, Anonymous, and the Silk Road evolving into a single new entity. 

Think Hackers vs The Deep State.

Thieves Emporium is a graphic description of that conflict.  It outlines how ordinary people are taking back their freedom RIGHT NOW through cyberspace.  And it gives you a primer on how to pitch in.

Download it now before the Deep State forces it off the market.

FreedomGuy's picture

One of the key questions if you can actually vote your liberty away. America is proving the answer is; Yes!