HIGH SCHOOL IN AMERICA -- 1959 vs. 2009

josneywat 6
Just something I want to share for you guys to reflect upon.

HIGH SCHOOL IN AMERICA -- 1959 vs. 2009

Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

1959 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack...

2009 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
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Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1959 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2009 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.
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Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1959 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2009 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD... The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.
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Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1959 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2009 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.
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Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1959 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock..

2009 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations.. . His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.
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Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.

1959 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2009 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist.. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher.. English is then banned from core curriculum.. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
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Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1959 - Ants die.

2009 - ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism.. The FBI investigates his parents --and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
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Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1959 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2009 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

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5 respostas
maryziller 1 1
And how is it in Brazil, Josney?
josneywat 6
Well, Mary... In general, the situation here is no different. But I think we are less violent than the US.
Gabi 1 1 15
I think that's different because we've got different problems in Brazil.
But three days ago I watched a feature on tv about a boy that was shot at school after a fight and about
a student that put a bomb in their teacher's bag.
How unfortunate was she????

I don't agree that our Brazilian schools are less violent.
We might not have school shootings, as unfortunately it happens in U.S., but how many time
have you heard about violence at school?
I've heard a lot of gruesome things.
The original post might have been a slight exaggeration! ;)
Marcio_Farias 1 23 214
My co-worker, himself a part time state teacher, tells us a story of some of his young students wanting to go to the toilet room, but never asking him permission to go or if they ever do it, they will excuse themselves with "Professor, eu vou c*g*r (or m*jar), viu?" Sometimes a couple of troublemakers will pick a fight with each other in the classroom all during lecture time. His students have given him a hard time.

So, no school shooting here, but a different kind of shooting happens outside the classroom. Some of the school goers happen to sell drugs for a living, yet they come to school at night, when and if they do.
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