Thursday, August 09, 2007

Criminalize life, institutionalize stupidity

In Katy, Texas a good hunk of July was spent cleaning up after the over-reaction to school officials of a 6th grade girl writing a boy's name on a wall with a marking pen. She didn't use a 4 inch brush and bucket of paint, she used a regular, ordinary writing device. Like a pencil but with permanent ink.

The initial response by the school administration was to try to charge her with a felony charge of property destruction because the pen had permanent ink.

They've since gotten a little closer to an actual sane response, but I doubt they'll ever completely reach sanity.

It's basically simply a crimeto be 12 years old in Texas. And we wonder why our prisons are all full.

The Houston Chronicle covers it here and here and here and here and here.

I'm fairly sure that if I was a student today I'd never be able to graduate from high school.


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