Friday, September 28, 2007
Student's Life Ruined for Having Swiss Army Knife?
Okay folks, this is insane. More "Homeland Insecurity" from the same kind of folks who continue trying to ruin the good name of Macgyver by calling criminals' pipe bombs "Macgyver Bombs" as if Macgyver is the real inspiration for pyromania.
Swiss Army Knife In Cobb School Parking Lot Should Not Be Prosecuted
County's 'Zero Tolerance' Program Ensnares Another Student
Atlanta, GA (September 5, 2007) – Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr today blasted school officials in Cobb County, Georgia, a northwest suburb of Atlanta, for seeking to bring felony charges against a 12th grade student, Wilford Ray Chandler, Jr., for simply having a small Swiss Army knife in his car in a school parking lot at Wheeler High School.
Okay, so a kid has a swiss army knife, they're not illegal, they're not illegal for people under 18 to own, and let's not investigate the student, let's just blanket call him a 'terrorist' for having one...At least someone is willing to speak out against this tyranny:
"The student posed no threat to anyone, and he was not using the knife in any threatening manner," Barr noted, "in fact, he was not using the knife at all - it was simply in his car." "Trying to ruin a student's career before it even begins, by treating such an innocuous activity as having a Swiss Army pocketknife in a car, is nothing short of an unthinking, stupid, and vindictive exercise of government power," Barr, a former federal prosecutor, said.
So, are Boy Scouts also included in the Terror watch list now too? This kind of crap has gone too far. Anyone who has watched the show, "Macgyver" will tell you exactly what Macgyver would do...he would talk to the student, not smear him, not have him arrested, and perhaps use the circumstance as an opportunity to teach. Modern fear-mongering fascists are a bigger threat than a student who has a swiss army knife, watches Macgyver or even kids who endanger themselves with risky pyrotechnics. There won't be a decent country to live in when this happens:
School Guards Break Child's Arm And Arrest Her For Dropping Cake Pandemic of police and security violence continues unabated