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When being a normal kid appears to have become a crime …
A recent & disturbing Guardian online edition report has described how the US has resorted to police patrolling of school corridors, resulting in pupils being arrested for “crimes” such as throwing paper planes & failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor.
One twelve year old girl was arrested after spraying herself with perfume following a bullying episode with taunts of “you smell”.
She explains “Other kids don’t like me. They were saying lots of rude things to me so I sprayed myself with perfume”.
After complaints that the perfume smelt disgusting the teacher called the police.
In 2010 alone nearly 300,000 “Class C misdemeanor” ticket were issued to children as young as 6.
What was once dealt with by a telling-off from teachers or a call to parents can now result in a criminal record & in turn could cost a child their future place in college or even a job.
Using such force against youngsters is questionable and following the tasering of a 16-year-old boy at his high school in Seguin Texas after “he refused to cooperate” you have to ask yourself where do we draw the line?