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High School Politics

2003-05-08 23:20:10.525404+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Just as I'm rethinking the role of school for kids, I find that I'm completely unsurprised by the news that Girls paid money to be assaulted, covered in pig intestines, and possibly feces, in high school initiation. Anyone who was shocked, who thinks that there's not a whole political structure going on that teachers and administrators at the very least have no say in, if not are completely clueless about, needs to go re-read Elinor Burkett's Another Planet[Wiki].

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#Comment made: 2003-05-15 00:47:28.408731+00 by: milan

This was a tragic event in this area of Chicago, and it would be a tragic event if it occured somewhere else. This video tape that was shown and broadcasted is clear evidence of why such occurances as Columbine shooting, and other shoots really do happen. I think its time to check our public school systems. Do you really expect any of those injured or harassed will ever recover mentally?

#Comment made: 2003-05-15 12:01:10.10193+00 by: Larry Burton [edit history]

> Do you really expect any of those injured or harassed will ever recover mentally?

While I expect those guilty of the harrassment to be punished, I expect the victims to fully recover mentally. At least I'm hoping we aren't raising our children to be so mentally fragile that incidents like this can't be overcome.

#Comment made: 2003-05-15 16:39:38.372757+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yep, Larry. I don't think that this is that far out of line what happens to most kids in high school anyway. We all get through it.

#Comment made: 2003-05-15 17:55:03.42465+00 by: Shawn

Really? While I definately wouldn't characterize my high school experience as "pleasant" I found this particular example a bit extreme by comparison. I don't think I know anybody who went through anything even remotely similar.

That said, I expect that the majority of them will recover.