Idaho, Arizona Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
William Norman Grigg
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Meridian, Idaho went
into full prison mode after a student who brought
a folding shovel to Heritage Middle School in Meridian, Idaho prompted
the schools resource officer to call for a full
Tracy Basterrechea told KTVB news that the youngster had been seen
jogging out of the school, then back into the school with
what [staff members thought] was an axe. After the resource
officer called for a lockdown, police arrived seconds
later, set up a perimeter, and deployed search teams
to confront the suspect an innocent teen who
had brought the shovel to serve as a prop in a classroom presentation.
Meanwhile, students at four nearby schools were put into shelter
in place mode that is, they were confined to their
classrooms until police at Heritage Middle School gave the all-clear.
All of this
occurred, once again, because a junior high school student brought
a shovel to school, and none of the purported adults on campus was
blessed with the presence of mind to approach the kid and find out
what he was doing. Interestingly, the state stenographers in the
local media referred to the farm implement as a military-style
shovel, a cosmetic designation that might someday be seized
on by Commissarina Feinstein when she and her comrades seek to deprive
the public of any implement that could possibly be used against
their tax-feeding overlords.
of government schools has reached a point at which a tangible threat
like a shovel is no longer necessary. On
February 5, three schools in Yuma, Arizona were placed
on lockdown as the result of what was later described as a rumor
of a gun on campus. Officers from two local law enforcement departments
and two federal agencies many of them kitted out in full
combat attire were mobilized for the operation. Following
an evacuation each of the school campuses was subjected to a systematic
search. The students were held in custody for more than three hours
before being released.
As such examples
of reflexive overkill multiply, we will have frequent opportunities
to recall the admonition given to the School Resource Officer Corps
by soi-disant tactical and counter-terrorism expert
John Giduck at a 2007 professional retreat at Orlandos Disney
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.)
Giduck wants SROs to see themselves as the domestic equivalent of
U.S. soldiers patrolling Fallujah and this is likely to get
innocent kids killed.
Iraq, US occupation forces were taught to consider shovels as evidence
of potential hostile intent: They could be used to bury IEDs, or
even employed as close-combat weapons. They could also be used to
cover up incidents in which U.S. troops shot and killed unarmed
Iraqi civilians. Jason Moon, who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq,
recalls that troops were instructed to carry drop
shovels that could be placed near the bodies of non-combatants
they had killed. This was done so that the dead civilian could retroactively
be classified as a suspected insurgent.
Given the mindset
propagated by Giduck and his ilk, its possible that next time
a junior high school student brings a shovel to school he could
find himself injured or killed by the resource officers
deployed on campus for the supposed purpose of protecting him.
LRC reader Edward Dindinger for the tip.
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