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Two weeks ago a Texas middle-schooler was suspended and sentenced to 30 days of alternative school for sharing her inhaler with a fellow student who was having an asthma attack. Both girls have been charged with “sharing a controlled substance”, and both face this stiff “automatic” punishment. Both girls’ parents are concerned with alternative school because their daughter would be with those kids that have real drug and violence problems. Alternative school is legislatively mandated in Texas for kids who have been asked to leave the classroom for such reasons as drug use, violence toward teachers or students, sexual offenses. Here’s the whole scoop.
Then this week, another Texas middle-schooler was suspended for using a profanity and leaving the classroom. Important note: he left the classroom to carry a classmate to the nurse’s office. The classmate was suffering an asthma attack, and had passed out and had fallen out of her chair. The teacher was waiting on an email back from the nurse before acting on the situation. Story here.
“We ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse.” – Suspended Student
Hello? Have we lost all ability to reason? If my kid falls out of her chair while having an obvious asthma attack, you’re telling me you will sit your ass down and wait for an email back from the nurse before sending her to get medical attention? Is that standard policy? Any word of whether this is standard protocol? Teacher discipline? Common sense police citation? Jeez, people, zero tolerance policies continue to make educational institutions silly and sometimes dangerous places.
I ordered this magnet for a few of my friends (and one for myself) for Christmas, and was not at all surprised to receive the following email from Amazon:
Due to a lack of availability, we will not be able to obtain the following item(s) from your order:
“Anne Taintor Square Magnet, Smart Mouth Teenager”
We’ve canceled the item(s) and apologize for the inconvenience. If you see a charge for the canceled item, we will refund you within 1-2 business days.
No sarcasm intended here. Apparently this mom took her son to task for being a punk-ass thug during the “protests” (PC term for rioting and looting cuz you can) in Baltimore. He’s not so tough when his Mom comes around, eh? Rock on Mom, Child Protective Services is probably at your house already, but law enforcement will continue to let Baltimore burn.
Just a doodle at the bottom of the page from Cranky Son #2:
Even though your kids are still kind of young, you have already figured out which kids’ parents will be the “friend parents”, and which will remain actual parental units. You already know who will be buying their kids beer. You know which kids will get cars the second they get their licenses. You know which parents don’t believe in too much discipline. You know which ones will want the kids to have a big co-ed overnight party at a hotel on prom night. But do you know which parent will represent your spoiled rotten child in court to sue your ass for private school tuition? and then college tuition? Better figure it out soon –
A New Jersey high school senior sued her parents, accusing them of tossing her out of the family home when she turned 18 and refusing to pay for her private high school and college education.
The article about it on CNN does not inform the reader that the parent of one of the princess’s friends is footing the bill for her legal fees. It seems princess did not want to follow the rules of the house, so she moved out. Luckily the first part of the lawsuit was tossed, but there is more to come, since princess has been accepted into a number of fine colleges. She wants to be a biomedical engineer!
I teach a religious education class for fifth-graders at my church, and when asked how I made it through the morning with 15 of them, I replied, “liquor”. Seems to work. At least one parent has a superior sense of humor. This was tucked in a small gift bag with some candies and a beautiful olive-wood carved ornament. Fan-freaking-tastic!!
It is causing a lot of confusion for Cranky Son #1. Give it a second.
Sunday was the start of Advent, the new liturgical year for the Catholic Church, and the start of the great Christmas count-down. Church was thinly attended, since Thursday was Thanksgiving (and the start of Hanukkah, but I don’t think that had anything to do with low attendance) and apparently most other people in town were traveling (or playing opossum). We were discussing climbing the Lord’s mountain in the first reading, then rejoicing to the house of the Lord in the responsorial psalm, and then we got to the second reading. That’s when we heard:
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light;
let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,
not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in promiscuity and lust,
not in rivalry and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.
I gave a side-ward glance to the Cranky Daddy, and he just kind of rolled his eyes, knowing that this little nugget probably started the countdown on a difficult question grenade. The grenade blew that evening, and Cranky Son #1 apparently asked about the orgies (he pronounced it OR-gees). I have no idea what the exact questions and answers were, but the questions continued in the car this morning on the same theme of “who would want to go to orgies anyway”? We continue to encounter these grenades (“what is auto-erotic asphyxiation?” “what’s a MILF?”, “Dad says that women have cycles, are you having yours now?”) and I’m sure the floodgates will really open when the kids have “health class” in January. DUCK AND COVER!!! Good Lord.
China Passes Law To Require Visits to Elderly Parents; US Continues Pushing Laws That Will Let you Kill Them
How can it be that China, where human life is arguably the most disposable in the world, could shame US by passing a law that requires families to visit their elderly parents, or at least “share greetings” with some frequency? The law, an amended version of “Law of Protection of Rights and Interests of the Aged” is really fuzzy on details and definitions, but parents who feel snubbed can file suit against their miserable, ungrateful progeny. Generally no money is involved, but court-specified visitation can be ordered. Decades of “market reform” and rapid development has taken its toll on China’s extended families, and there is not a lot of infrastructure to care for the elderly who used to simply live with their families. Meanwhile, in the US, we keep trying to pass laws in many states that allow our elderly to “do the right thing” and eat poison applesauce for a “dignified death”, or to allow us to pull the plug on elders in expensive, icky, and potentially inconvenient long-term ill health. Kind of a good thing we don’t have a law like that here – courts would be flooded with these cases, even with no money involved!