SCHOOL 1977 SCHOOL 2007 Scenario: Jack goes duck hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with a shotgun in the gun rack Vice principal comes over, looks at Jack's
School goes into lockdown, the Feds and ATF are called,
shotgun, goes to his car and gets his own
Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun
again. Counselors are called in to assist traumatized students and teachers.
Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school. Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark Police are called; SWAT team arrives and arrests Johnny shake hands and end up buddies.
and Mark. They are charged with assault and both are expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario: Jeffrey won't sit still in class, disrupts other students. Jeffrey is sent to the principal's office and
Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin, becomes a zombie,
given a good paddling. Returns to class, sits
and is tested for ADD. School gets extra district funding
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbors car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt Billy is more careful next time, grows up
Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to
foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells
Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.
Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some Aspirin to school. Mark shares Aspirin with the school principal Police are called and Mark is expelled from school for out on the smoking dock.
drug violations. His car is searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario: Pedro fails high-school English. Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, Pedro's cause is taken up by local human rights group. and goes to college.
Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that making English a requirement for graduation is racist. Lawyers file class action lawsuit against the public school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover 4th of July firecrackers, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up an anthill. Ants die.
'TBI is called and Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. They investigate his parents, siblings are removed from the home, computers are confiscated, and Johnny's dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario: Johnny falls during recess and scrapes his knee. His teacher, Mary, finds him crying, and gives him a hug to comfort him. Johnny soon feels better and goes back to
Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her
job. She faces three years in federal prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.
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