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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 

Hey Teacher Leave Those Kids Alone!

With all those school children walking out from their schools in protest of the draconing immigration laws, some California school principals decided to take action into their own hands.

Last week, Artesia High School Principal Sergio Garcia decided to grease the fence at around the campus of to keep kids from attending immigration marches.
"I just don't think it's appropriate," parent Sylvia Gooden told the ABC Unified School District board during a meeting Tuesday. She said many students' hands and clothing were coated with the wheel-bearing grease.
Their excuse for taking this measure, district deputy superintendent said it wasn't to keep the the students from going to marches it was because they heard of a rumors of outsiders showing up.
The grease was applied earlier in March to identify people climbing fences to enter school grounds. An Artesia High School student was shot to death in Lakewood on March 11 and there were rumors outsiders might show up to cause trouble, district deputy superintendent Mary Sieu said.
That is mild compared to this atrocity, Worthington Elementary School Principal Angie Marquez imposed a lockdown that would not allow the children from going to the bathroom, and instead had to use buckets in the classroom.

The lockdown was put in place during the March 27 rallies. Tim Brown, director of operations for the Inglewood Unified School District, claims that the principal just made an "honest mistake" as she forced every student in her school to stay in their classrooms all day made to use a bucket in the classroom if they needed to go to bathroom. An "honest mistake," huh, ya think?

In trying to keep her kids on campus, she decided to put her school into a "nuclear attack" lockdown.
"When there's a nuclear attack, that's when buckets are used," Brown told the Los Angeles Times. The principal "followed procedure. She made a decision to follow the handbook. She just misread it."
This is what Worthington parent Julia Campos told AP:
"Many of them were crying because they felt embarrassed," she said. "One girl was afraid other kids would see her."
Reasoning behind the madness:
Worthington Elementary School is seven blocks from Morningside High School, where less than 100 teenagers participated in the walkout. Administrators said they feared elementary school children could have been swept into the protests.
Yet, surrounding schools around Morningside High did not have any daylong lockdowns according to AP.

Is this what this country has come to, lockdowns? Keeping students from exercising their First Amendment rights by greasing fences and using buckets for toilets and this was just for a protest march. But what if it there was an Avian Flu outbreak? What then? Could you leave your child in school, if there was a mandatory lockdown? What if the principals decided to use a "nuclear attack" lockdown for this outbreak, what would you? My father is a professor at a university, he told me, that the university was ordered to put a lockdown on the dorms if their was an outbreak. This administration is turning our schools into fucking prisons. And I can't be fucking angry about this shit! I am suppose to be calm and be logical.

Just imagine it was your kid in that school, needing to squat behind some fucking door. Just imagine sitting in that classroom, smelling it. Some may not be US citizens, but they are not animals. Have we lost our humanity? So I ask you, where is our humanity, because I am not seeing it. Where is our compassion, because I am not feeling it, either.

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