It was Friday the 13th, and Skylar Walters thought he was going
The 16-year-old inmate of Orangeville Jr.-Sr. High in Illinois
was in gym class when a deranged-looking man barged into the school
and began firing what appeared to be a handgun at several of the
"I started praying to God and saying my last words," Skylar later
recalled. "I was scared. I didn't know what to do."
As the intruder fired his gun, he called out the name of a particular
student; the youngster quite sensibly fled the building. Other kids
"were just running everywhere and crying and hiding," Skylar recounted.
Some of the panicking schoolkids probably attempted to call or text
their parents to describe the horror unfolding in front of them.
They didn't know that each of the parents had been instructed not
to answer if his child issued a desperate plea for help.
That last sadistic touch is what distinguished the May
13 "active shooter drill" in Orangeville from countless other
of its kind staged
in schools across the Soyuz by the Police State Play
Actors' Guild. Most of the time, the kids for whose supposed benefit
those drills are choreographed and the parents responsible for
their care, education, and upbringing are let in on the joke.
Last October 10, for example, a mob of "between 80 and 100 officials"
from law enforcement agencies staged a little Garrison State melodrama
in New York's William H. Barton Intermediate School. As
described in the Glens Falls Post-Star:
"Fire alarms sounded at 9:31 a.m., drawing closed doors. Three
Warren County sheriff's officers and two state troopers conducted
the first search, where they encountered students in a hallway and
instructed them to sit down. They reached a second floor on a north
wing of the school and found several bodies laying across the hallway.
Police searched the classrooms, bathrooms and even an elevator,
pressing their backs against walls before entering rooms and calling
out `clear.' A cafeteria was secured as a transfer point for victims
with casualties, and a triage site for patient evaluation was at
a nearby school."
In that exercise, students some of them in grade school were
recruited to play "victims." One of them was the third-grade daughter
of Heather Holl, who was herself cast as a "victim" in the third
trimester of pregnancy. Another bit player, Heather's son Alexander,
"played the role of a gunshot victim" with an entry wound in his
chest and a large exit wound in the back.
It should be pointed out that the tactics employed in the "active
shooter" scenario at the William H. Barton School focused on officer
safety, rather than active intervention on behalf of the victims.
In real life, Alexander Holl would have been one of several unarmed,
helpless schoolchildren killed while the SWAT team encased in
body armor and brandishing high-performance weaponry took exquisite
care to minimize its exposure to risk.
"He's excited," Heather commented as her son was transported away
from the scene by medical personnel. "He didn't even sleep last
At least he was given a copy of the script before the staged shooting
began. The students who were deprived of that indispensable intelligence
in Orangeville most likely aren't sleeping well now not because
they're full of eager anticipation, but rather because they suffer
from post-traumatic stress.
Parents were required to participate passively in the scenario
played out in Orangeville: They weren't informed about the event
until curtain time, and then ordered to participate in an information
embargo targeting their terrified kids.
What this means, of course, is that although the disguised deputy
playing the role of assailant was firing blanks, the schoolkids
were, quite literally, being held hostage.
If a bank robber bluffs his way through a heist with a toy gun,
he's committed a real crime. The same is true of the people who
terrorized the inmates of Orangeville Jr.-Sr. High on May 13. School
District Superintendent Randy Otto has submitted his resignation,
and some parents have discussed the possibility of a lawsuit but
the appropriate criminal charges against those responsible aren't
"Our number one goal is to save lives," warbled
Leigh Anne Ryals, Emergency Management Director for Baldwin County,
Florida, following a similar school shooter drill in Robertsdale's
Central Baldwin Middle School a few years ago. The means such drills
employ are incompatible with that goal, since the standard template
is based on the "Lockdown" Scenario: The killers conduct the rampage
on their own terms, end it at a time of their choosing, and the
SWAT team merely cattle-pens the victims.
other "security" measure inflicted on Americans since 9/11, the
"lockdown" scenario treats schoolchildren as a tactical impediment
or perhaps even a threat to be dealt with, rather than as innocent
people to be protected. That model was actually put in place before
9/11 even before Columbine - as part of the federal "Safe Schools"
dogma that grew out of the Regime's narcotics price support program
(sometimes dishonestly called the "War on Drugs").
Today it is
typical for police agencies to deploy "Resource Officers" to prowl
the halls of schools in search of misbehavior that can be treated
as criminal offenses, rather than disciplinary problems.
In his keynote
address to the 2007 National Association of School Resources Conference,
held against the rugged and forbidding backdrop of Orlando's Disney
World, self-styled tactical and counter-terrorism John Giduck offered
a telling glimpse into the mindset of the armed strangers who haunt
local government schools:
"You've got to be a one-man fighting force.... You've got to have
enough guns, and ammunition and body armor to stay alive.... You
should be walking around in schools every day in complete tactical
equipment, with semi-automatic weapons.... You can no longer
afford to think of yourselves as peace officers.... You must think
of yourself [sic] as soldiers in a war because we're going to ask
you to act like soldiers." (Emphasis added.)
In her immensely
informative and tirelessly infuriating new book Lockdown High:
When The Schoolhouse becomes a Jailhouse, investigative reporter
Annette Fuentes describes Giduck's audience as "a sea of khaki uniforms,
some [of whom in the crowd] were waring holstered handguns.... [M]ore
than a few had shaved heads and bulging bellies or biceps. Some
had both. If drug tests had been required for registration, odds
are that a few steroid-positives could have resulted among the more
to be the truth about Giduck's claims, he is a prominent figure
among the cohort Fuentes calls the "Profiteers of Lockdown High"
an interlocking collection of governmental and quasi-private bureaucracies
committed to eradicating the few substantive distinctions separating
schools from prisons.
in communities across the United States, children and adolescents
spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that increasingly
have come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning,"
observes Fuentes. Federally subsidized "zero tolerance" policies
have created what Fuentes and other critics of the system call the
"school-to-prison pipeline": "If yesterday's prank got a slap on
the wrist, today those wrists could be slapped with handcuffs."
here is not merely that schools have been largely transformed into
short-term prison facilities; it's that the SROs deployed therein
take seriously Giduck's catechism about being combat-ready "warriors,"
rather than peace officers. Their operational credo is not "protect
and serve," but rather "control and dominate" and, with increasing
frequency, "close and kill."
Those options are compellingly displayed in two entirely unnecessary
police assaults on young teenagers: The case
of 17-year-old Derby, Kansas resident Jonathan Villareal, who
was beaten, tasered, and handcuffed by police "resource officers"
who took offense over the way the high school student was wearing
his pants; and the murder of 14-year-old San Antonio reform school
student Derek Lopez. Significantly, both of those incidents occurred
after school hours.
the end of his daily sentence in the government mind-laundry, Jonthan
passed a brace of officially licensed bullies on the way to the
bus. One of them told Jonathan to pull up his pants; the youngster
replied hopefully with the appropriate measure of controlled contempt
that school was over and he was thus free to dress any way he
One of the
thugs his tax-fattened bulk making him much larger than the scrawny
adolescent threw Jonathan to the ground while bellowing the familiar
rapist's refrain: "Stop resisting!" The other thug immediately joined
in, both of them striking and kneeing the prone, helpless teenager
in the back, legs, and neck. Jonathan also suffered a black eye.
When Jonathan struggled to his feet, he was thrown down forcefully;
he felt his arm snap as he hit the ground. He struggled to his feet
again, thereby giving one of the costumed enforcers an excuse to
report that the victim had assumed an "aggressive stance." This
supposedly justified a potentially lethal taser attack.
The Derby High School newspaper, appropriately called the Informer,
that students can be subjected to "administrative" discipline for
wearing their pants "inappropriately." Derby Police Chief Robert
Lee described the incident as "a flagrant violation of school policy
that could have been handled administratively, if he had not resisted
Once again, we see the logic of the rapist at work: If the victim
is severely injured or killed for fighting back, it's her own fault;
she shouldn't have resisted. This comparison, of course, is unfair:
Rapists and other aggressors not swaddled in government-issued costumes
aren't generally permitted to file criminal charges against victims
who fight back. The Derby Police Department "will take the incident
to the district attorney for possible criminal charges against Villareal,"
observes the Informer.
Through an interpreter, Villareal's mother said that she "understands
if they need to arrest him for being disrespectful," but that she
doesn't understand why "they need to beat him up for whatever reason."
The short answer,
of course, is this: They do it because they can.
dress code is described as part of an effort to beat back the insidious
"gang culture" considered to be a besetting scourge of society.
Doubtless the school also participates in the Regime's "anti-bullying
campaign," in which students are encouraged to rat out each other
whenever they hear inappropriate comments, or see what they believe
to be inappropriate conduct.
None of this applies to the sanctified bullies in military attire,
of course. Since they belong to the State's punitive priesthood,
those skeevy armed adults can loiter around schools, leering like
at underage girls and taunting smaller young males in an attempt
to provoke them into doing something to justify a righteous beating
followed by prosecution for "resisting arrest."
frequency, this State-authorized bullying involves the use of consistently
lethal weapons, such as the ubiquitous portable electro-shock torture
device. On occasion, it involves unambiguous criminal homicide.
Witness the November 12, 2010 killing of Derek Lopez by Officer
Daniel Alvarado of San Antonio's Northside Independent School District
an exceptionally unqualified officer even by the dismal standards
that prevail among the ranks of tax-subsidized gun thugs. Between
March 2006 and November 2010, Alvarado
was suspended four times. Four times he was informed by supervisors
that he faced "immediate termination."
For some reason most likely one rooted in police union politics
when it came time to fire Alvarado, his superiors just couldn't
bring themselves to pull the trigger. Alvarado displayed no similar
scruples on November 12, 2010, when he
murdered 14-year-old Derek Lopez, who had just taken part in
a brief scuffle with another student.
Owing to his
own troubled past, Lopez was a student at the Bexar
County Juvenile Justice Academy. At around 4:30 PM on the fatal
day, Lopez sucker-punched a 13-year-old classmate at a bus stop.
"He just hit
me once," the student later recalled in a sworn deposition. "It
wasn't a fight. It was nothing."
Alvarado happened to be prowling the intersection in his patrol
car, and witnessed the trivial dust-up.
shouted at Lopez, who bolted from the scene. Alvarado, in his mid-40s,
briefly gave token pursuit before wheezing out the first of several
"I just had
one run from me," gasped the winded tax-feeder. "I saw an assault
in progress. He punched the guy several times." (Emphasis
instructed Alvarado "not [to] do any big search over there" in pursuit
of the assailant. "Let's stay with the victim and see if we can
identify [the suspect] that way."
doing as he was ordered, Alvarado bundled the "victim" who was
probably more terrified of the armed functionary than of his obnoxious
classmate into the patrol car and went in pursuit of Lopez.
a nearby fence and hid in a backyard shed containing Christmas decorations.
The homeowner saw the intrusion, and a neighbor flagged down Alvarado's
patrol car. The officer drew his gun "when he came up the driveway,"
recalled the homeowner.
Within a minute or so, a single gunshot resonated through the neighborhood.
When asked by the horrified homeowner what had happened, Alvarado
who reportedly looked "dazed or distant" replied that Lopez
"came at me."
bull rushed his way out of the shed and lunged right at me," the
creature later claimed in an official report. "The suspect
was literally inches away from me, and I feared for my own safety."(Emphasis
lying, of course. An autopsy revealed "no evidence of close range
firing [on] the wound," and no gunpowder stains were found on the
victim's bloody t-shirt.
By this time,
the boy who had taken the punch at the bus stop had called his mother
via cell phone. She arrived shortly after Alvarado had gunned down
four times was on the cusp of being fired for insubordination, disobeyed
a direct order on November 12. He falsified key details of the shooting
in his official report. A 14-year-old boy was gunned down execution-style
for the venial offense of engaging in an adolescent scuffle, and
for compelling an overweight middle-aged badge-polisher to run a
few hundred yards. According to the San Antonio Police Department,
this is all perfectly acceptable: The department ruled that the
murder of Derek Lopez was a "justified" shooting.
been removed from patrol duty, Alvarado remains on the force, albeit
in a tax-underwritten sinecure. Although he had repeatedly been
threatened with termination for sloppiness or defiance in carrying
out administrative duties, Alvarado faces neither criminal prosecution
nor professional censure for murdering a 14-year-old boy.
insubordination in carrying out office functions is a much graver
matter than insubordination that results in the needless death of
an adolescent Mundane.
fact that this incident involved two teenage boys who attended a
special school for troubled juveniles, parents should understand
that students in practically any government-run "educational" institution
can fall prey to sudden and potentially lethal police violence.
The purpose of "active shooter drills" is not to refine protocols
intended to protect inmates of government schools; instead, it is
to habituate children to the presence of paramilitary operators
in their midst. Parents should ponder that reality as millions of
young Americans begin their welcome Summer parole from the government's
hybrid school/prison system and they should likewise consider
the wisdom of making that parole an unconditional pardon.