My first impulse was to blame the police for allowing dingbat school officials to waste their time with another “The sky is falling!” alarm–this one resulting in the arrest of a 13-year-old middle school student for allegedly making a “criminal threat.” With her finger (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/olivianiland/kansas-westridge-middle-school-13-year-old-finger-gun-arrest). This was last month at the Westridge School in Overland Park, Kansas.
But Police Chief Frank Donchez stands by his action. “I’ll take heat all day long for arresting a 13-year-old,” he said. “I’m not willing to take the heat for not preventing a school tragedy.” Hard to blame him for that.
It seems some other kid asked the girl to point out “five people you would kill,” so she made a “finger gun” and pointed to five other kids. Once upon a time that would be just idle, ordinary kid talk. But times have changed.
According to the police chief, those children went home and told their parents about the incident, the parents called the police, and the chief talked to them. They were “genuinely fearful of this girl,” the chief said.
My usual reaction to stories like this one is, “Well, here’s another overstaffed and over-budgeted police force with an awful lot of time on its hands.” But not this time.
However–! Our public schools today have become morally toxic: no God, no prayer, “celebrate gender fluidity,” Climate Change “we’re all gonna die in just 12 years unless we get a global government,” assignments to the kiddies to write suicide notes–who is this good for? What kind of spiritual environment is this?
You can station a police officer on every corner of the town; but if the people are lawless at heart, it won’t do any good.