Saturday, December 09, 2006
When an adult in authority accuses a four-year-old of sexual harrassment, who has the dirty mind?
A four-year-old hugged his teachers aide and was put into in-school suspension, according to the father. But La Vega school administrators have a different story.
Damarcus Blackwell's four-year-old son was lining-up to get on the bus after school last month, when he was accused of rubbing his face in the chest of a female employee.
The prinicipal of La Vega Primary School sent a letter to the Blackwells that said the pre-kindergartener demonstrated "inappropriate physical behavior interpreted as sexual contact and/or sexual harassment."
Assuming the facts are as set forth, the principal of La Vega Primary School is dumber than not just any bag of hammers, but all bags of hammers. Or he has a dirty mind. What could be the third explanation?
You have to wonder what, if anything, is going through this person's mind. Let's see, we have an oversexualised four-year-old here. Should we find out what the gesture means to the child, and if it's just innocent, or if someone's been fooling with him? Nah. Let's accuse him. That'll fix the little bastard.
There is a third explanation, IMHO. Educators do this crazy stuff frequently now and there is always a common theme: slavish adherence to policy. Given the overweening bureaucracy that presides over our public school system now we face a risk averse group that is attempting to replace idiotic policies with simple judgement.
Such an attempt is doomed to failure, as this example illustrates. The prnicipal has to do a CYA on this because if he fails to adhere to policy the nitwits at the school board will chuck him under the bus should the teacher's aide sue.
And why would the teacher's aide sue? Because she can, nothing else need be said.
Just as stupid as expelling kids who make paper guns play cops and robbers cowboys and indians or draw pictures of solders and guns becuase it offends the antiwar hippy freaks that run these rotten schools