Progress!

You know, I’m pissed off enough that the Jetsons lied to me, and that in the 21st Century we are not, in fact, being served by robot nannies and flying around in jetpacks and shit. I’m pissed off enough that society hasn’t advanced to that point yet. Meanwhile, not only have we not weaned ourselves off fossil fuels and created world peace, we can’t even stop handcuffing kids to stuff if they get out of hand:

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Public schools in Jackson, Mississippi, will no longer handcuff students to poles or other objects and will train staff at its alternative school on better methods of discipline.

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The Mississippi lawsuit was filed in June 2011 by Jeanette Murry on behalf of her then-16-year-old son, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It said staffers routinely restrained students for hours for offenses as minor as dress code violations, forcing them to eat lunch while chained to a stair railing and to shout for help when they needed to go to the bathroom.

The settlement, approved by U.S. District Judge Tom Lee, says all district employees will stop handcuffing students younger than 13, and can only handcuff older students for crimes. In no case will employees shackle a student to a fixed object such as a railing, a pole, a desk or a chair.

Here’s a dumbass question: Why are “district employees” allowed to handcuff students “for crimes” at all? Are we talking about police officers/psychiatric wardens in the pay of the school district? If so, okay, maybe, but why else on earth would anyone be empowered to cuff your child to a pole?

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10 thoughts on “Progress!

  1. pansypoo says:

    we are still doing housework! no bot maids!!!

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  2. MapleStreet says:

    I took till June 2011 for a suit to be filed about this?
    And Jackson, while not a megalopolis, is still a decently sized city where one thinks the 19th century would have been reccognized but the start of the 21st.

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  3. urizon says:

    Isn’t this a fire code violation? How are they supposed to get out if the building is going up in flames? Assholes.

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  4. pelvon snick says:

    More proof that Americans are so strenuously, viciously stupid, that they deserve any Hell they cook up for themselves.

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  5. Anderson says:

    Hey now, we just got around to approving the 13th Amendment a few years back … we Mississippians are still catching up to this “20th century” of which you speak, let alone these funny “begins with 20” years.

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  6. Daddy Love says:

    Also, black students.

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  7. David Eoll says:

    As Atrios notes, Jackson is 80% black.

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  8. Privatize the Profits! Socialize the Costs! says:

    You know, as a retired elementary school teacher, i’ve gotta say that life would have been a lot easier for me if I’d been allowed to handcuff a few of my more, um, ‘challenging; students to a pole somewhere!
    However, I had to act with some restraint due to namby-pamby liberal emotions like “treating students with dignity” and “doing unto others…” or even “fear of being fired from my job for outright incompetence and cruelty to students”.

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  9. delagar says:

    Even for Mississippi, this astonishes me. WTF were they thinking?
    And I love this — they’ll stop handcuffing kids “younger than 13” — Good God. This means that right NOW they *are* routinely handcuffing kids YOUNGER than 13 as a *discipline* technique?
    This seriously tells you everything you need to know about this fucked-up country.

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  10. Ed Muntle says:

    Pelvon Snick isn’t fit to eat the corn from Americans’ shit.

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