Rant Mode: Engaged...
Arresting her was bullshit. It didn't need to happen, bottom line. You arrest people for crimes, for infractions of the LAW, not for breaking school rules. This is a waste of taxpayer's dollars, a waste of police personnel, and a waste of time. Criminal disorderly conduct?! Fuck, man.
Yes, the girl is a weak-willed idiot. She should have waited to say "LOLOMGROFLCOPTER" or whatever other text-bullshit-jargon to her little friend. But did she deserve to be accosted by police officers and humiliated? No. I'm not even necessarily on her side, I don't even own a cellphone anymore and I never got into that whole waste of time known as "texting." If you want to reach me, call my land line. I don't care to read your stupid fucking chain jokes and I don't want to spend the time to reply your worthless small talk.
I disagree profusely with this administrative choice and it really does reflect the desperate lack of power our educational system possesses.
I also disagree with the use of security guards in schools. I went to an "Alternative Highschool" because the local school bureau denied me access to any other school due to my record of fighting, drug offenses, and general asshole behavior. Except I was never directly disrespectful to my elders, I just didn't play well with others. In that school, however, we policed ourselves. The teachers could do pretty much anything they saw fit to punish the students, short of violence. There was alot of paperwork to sign to be admitted. But it was pretty much the "Last Chance" highschool for the area. The girl in this article was attending a regular highschool.
But I think it's shit like this that will usher in an age of "family facility" prison systems, corporal punishment, and micromanagement of the populace: I.E: Marshal law. I don't need some badged, megalomaniac, motherfucker breathing down my neck and arresting me just because I want to break the rules.
Rules were made to be broken.
When the police have to arrest our children for minor social altercations we really need to ask ourselves in what direction is the social structure moving? Are we comfortable with it? Will they arrest us at work next for sneaking out for an extra cigarette break? Will they police us in our own homes and arrest us for having oral sex?(Which happens to be illegal in most states and provinces in North America)
Seriously, people, WHAT THE FUCK?
If they want to really cease the use of cellphones the installation of cheap, high-frequency microwave inhibitors in schools would see to that. It's a simple answer. Hardwire the computer equipment and use land-lines for calls.
This shit just pisses me off. If my child were to be arrested for something as stupid as this I would RAISE HELL.