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    No Make Believe or Pretending - Even in Texas.................

    Conform, Have No individual thought and be Assimilated!!

    https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/four...899821102.html

    In the old days, I would not have been in school at all, if these 'rules' and paranoia existed.

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    A 9-year-old boy who boasted to a classmate that he could make him vanish has disappeared himself – from school. Fourth-grader Aiden Steward was suspended from his elementary school in Kermit, Texas, on Friday, one day after making the alleged “terroristic threat,” as the Odessa American describes it, of promising another child he’d render him invisible with his fictional “one ring” from the J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series The Lord of the Rings. “It sounded unbelievable,” dad Jason Steward tells the New York Daily News, maintaining that his son “didn’t mean anything by it.”

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    Aiden and his family had gone to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies the weekend before, and the father says his son was innocently making-believe. “Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly,” Steward says, adding, “I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence. If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”

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    But principal Roxanne Greer didn’t see the charm in Aiden’s supernatural pretending and issued disciplinary action. The father says Greer told him that threats to another child’s safety would not be tolerated, even if they were make believe. The administrator declined to comment, insisting, “All student stuff is confidential.” Kermit Independent School District Superintendent Bill Boyd didn’t return Yahoo Parenting’s requests for comment.

    The Texas Education Code, however, mandates that this type of mandatory leave “may not exceed three school days,” so Aiden should be back in action at school this week. Aiden’s dad says the family knows the deal by now. Aiden has experienced two in-school suspensions already this school year year — one for referring to a fellow student as “black” reports the New York Daily News, and the other for bringing “The Big Book of Knowledge” to school, which his teacher reportedly had an issue with because of its illustrations of a pregnant woman. “He loves that book,” says the dad. “They were studying the solar system and he took it to school. He thought his teacher would be impressed.”
    Though the Stewards don’t believe Aiden’s actions warrant suspension, the principal was within her rights to issue the leave if she believed Aiden’s classmate’s “emotional health” was harmed. The Texas Education Code’s student code includes suspension as a means of “preventing and intervening in student discipline problems, including bullying, harassment, and making hit lists.” Under the guidelines harassment is defined as: “threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, engaging in sexually intimidating conduct, causing physical damage to the property of another student, subjecting another student to physical confinement or restraint, or maliciously taking any action that substantially harms another student’s physical or emotional health or safety.”
    Suspension and expulsion as a means of discipline has gotten out of control, though, acknowledged the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice last year in the “Discipline Guideline Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices.”

    “Too many schools are still struggling to create positive, safe environments,” reads a press release for the material, issued Jan. 8, 2014. “Effective teaching and learning cannot take place unless students feel safe at school,” levels U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Positive discipline policies can help create safer learning environments without relying heavily on suspensions and expulsions. Schools also must understand their civil rights obligations and avoid unfair disciplinary practices. We need to keep students in class where they can learn.”
    It’s a worthy mission, considering that today not even preschoolers are exempt from being suspended, according to the U.S. Department of Education, which indicates that such disciplinary measures have a debilitating impact on students – for life. “Research suggests that school expulsion and suspension practices are associated with negative educational and life outcomes,” the policy statement on expulsion and suspension policies in early childhood settings reveals. “Suspension and expulsion can influence a number of adverse outcomes across development, health, and education. Young students who are expelled or suspended are as much as 10 times more likely to drop out of high school, experience academic failure and grade retention, hold negative school attitudes, and face incarceration than those who are not.” And that’s a problem it’ll take a lot more than Aiden or his Lord of the Rings’ magic to fix.
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    What a shame, children have vivid imaginations.Kids being kids. And now the school system has him labeled for life.
    Sounds like communism and they violated his rights.

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    Texans like to pretend....they're having a Chris Kyle Day now.....Celebrating a guy who alleged that he stomped on the US Constitution and citizens' rights. Typical "conservative" Texans though....they love their particular brand of tyranny.

    This story's no different.....you've just got the other side of tyranny raising its ugly head. The left's version of tyranny is to control children's thoughts by telling them what will be accepted in their government run education facilities, er....brainwashing mills. Poor Aiden is learning all about PC....you can't call black people "black" and literature that offends ANYONE is not to be tolerated. In other words, they're controlling the terms (Alinsky style) and teaching Aiden that free speech and expression is limited if anyone gets offended.....
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    Holy cow, it is Kermit Texas for gosh sake. These are the same type of people that think Harry Potter is satanic and blacks should still be called Negros and use a separate water fountains. Btw, "black" is still ok. All I can say is this is an isolated incident based on some local's misguided belief system. Big overreaction on the administration's part. As far as keeping schools safe, hell yeah, kick out the thug gang bangers, the drug pushers and anyone else that can't act like a civilized human being. But not this kid. Usually, there is more to the story than the sensationalism put forth by the media. Is the NY daily news a real thing??
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    The American Taliban. Whatever country or faith. There will always be those on the extremes who try to push their will onto others. If you believe in liberty, it isn't just Islamic extremism you need to guard against, it is all and any kind of extremism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fmunk View Post
    The American Taliban. Whatever country or faith. There well always be those on the extremes who try to push their will onto others. If you believe in liberty, it isn't just Islamic extremism you need to guard against, it is all and any kind of extremism.
    Hear fuckin' hear!
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    I live about 3 klicks from Pastor Hagee's meta church. It really bothers me when I go to other parts of the country and mention that I'm from South Texas, and they don't ask me about the Alamo, the Riverwalk, the situation on the border, but "Do you attend Reverend Hagee's church?" I reply that Pastor Hagee is a little intolerant of my faith, and they automatically think I'm Muslim.....NOT! But it's the brainwashing of you're either this OR you're that.... you're either a Bible thumping Christian OR you're a Koran thumping Muslim that offends me. People have become so accepting of simplistic, hate-based belief systems. I truly worry about the future of our country.

    I live in South Texas because when I see white people running south across the Rio Grande to get a better life, that might be a clue....

    Just my $0.02, respectfully submitted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin Kurata View Post
    I live in South Texas because when I see white people running south across the Rio Grande to get a better life, that might be a clue....

    Just my $0.02, respectfully submitted.

    When healthcare and medicine are more accessible in a country like Cuba, that's a pretty big indicator things have gone awry in the states. I've not gone to the doctor in a long time because every time I go, I'm forced to spend money on blood tests—only to have the doctor find excuses to push all kinds of expensive prescription drugs on me. There is something inherently wrong when those charged with your care suddenly become sales reps for the pharmaceuticals... the line between a MD and the street corner pusher become blurred.

    Have any of you try to price any particular prescription medication overseas? It's shocking how price varies for same item out of the same pharmaceutical company and same manufacturing plant; like $80 vs $300.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fmunk View Post
    When healthcare and medicine are more accessible in a country like Cuba, that's a pretty big indicator things have gone awry in the states. I've not gone to the doctor in a long time because every time I go, I'm forced to spend money on blood tests—only to have the doctor find excuses to push all kinds of expensive prescription drugs on me. There is something inherently wrong when those charged with your care suddenly become sales reps for the pharmaceuticals... the line between a MD and the street corner pusher become blurred.

    Have any of you try to price any particular prescription medication overseas? It's shocking how price varies for same item out of the same pharmaceutical company and same manufacturing plant; like $80 vs $300.
    Many have much higher price disparity. In short, our protectionist laws and practices carved out for the medical industry in violation of Sherman and Clayton Anti Trust laws are a big reason for the astronomical rise in health costs.
    "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human liberty. It is the argument of tyrants; the creed of slaves."-William Pitt the Younger

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