Handcuffs, Leg Shackles and Tasers: The New Face of Punishment in the Public Schools

-“Clearly, the pathology that characterizes the American police state has passed down to the schools. Now in addition to the government and its agents viewing the citizenry as suspects to be probed, poked, pinched, tasered, searched, seized, stripped and generally manhandled….”

John W. Whitehead, Constitutional Attorney

“In many parts of the country, teachers are viewed as beyond reproach, much like doctors, police officers, or clergy … and, therefore, are rarely challenged about their classroom conduct. In some cases, this means that actions that would be considered criminal if committed by a parent remain unchallenged by law enforcement if they occur in a school setting.”—Senator Tom Harkin, “Dangerous Use of Seclusion and Restraints in Schools Remains Widespread and Difficult to Remedy: A Review of Ten Cases

Roughly 1500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States.

At least 500 students are locked up in some form of solitary confinement every day, whether it be a padded room, a closet or a duffel bag. In many cases, parents are rarely notified when such methods are used.

On any given day when school is in session, kids who…

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5 thoughts on “Handcuffs, Leg Shackles and Tasers: The New Face of Punishment in the Public Schools

  1. This one is a VERY slippery slope so I’ll try to tread lightly on this one… While teachers are not and never should be above reproach, they do face an increasingly uphill battle as well. We’ve all seen the attacks on teachers, and not a teacher being mocked or teased, freaking beaten. They’re given too much responsibility and they’re having their tools limited for responding to problems.

    I don’t know man, I know some inner-city teachers and you couldn’t pay me enough.


  2. I agree Jim, you couldn’t pay enough either. Some of the inner city schools in NYC, Detroit, LA, etc. are like war zones. Some of those teachers deserve much more in the way of compensation and acknowledgment. But there are some teachers who cross the line as well.

    But I think in general, the Rutherford Institute is trying to shed light on the absolute power the State has grabbed. Unions and Corporate entities now own politicians and subsequently our laws and rights. The State is out of control and needs to be reigned in.


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