Gut Rumbles

December 16, 2004

firm or flatulent?

Is this a case of tough love or child abuse? Read the story and you decide.

This one pulls me both ways, because I have SEEN a lot of five year-old boys who need a serious wake-up call before they become old enough to get their asses in serious trouble. These kids are headed down the wrong path and it's just a matter of time before they find the cuffs slapped on them for real. If anyone can turn them around NOW, that person is doing both the boy and the world a big favor.

Did the principal overstep his authority? I dunno, but it's not like the police pistol-whipped the kid. They just gave him a taste of a squad-car ride, and I hope to hell that he didn't like it. Maybe he learned a lesson.

Principal Sam Morgan is on leave from Thurgood Marshall Academy pending an investigation into last month's incident, board attorney Wayne Harvey said.

Morgan declined to comment Wednesday, but last week said he had spent more time on the boy ``than any kid in this building, trying to steer him straight.''

He said he had police ``put the handcuffs on one arm, put him in the back seat of their car and drive him around a little bit.''

Morgan added: ``This kid is heading for the Department of Corrections at 5. He fights, strikes somebody practically every day on the bus. He's a constant disruption.''

Morgan, a longtime principal at East St. Louis High School in Illinois, also spent eight years working in the Department of Corrections.

East St. Louis ain't the greatest environment for a boy to grow up in, and this little shit sounds like a natural-born thug to me. Plus, I have to appreciate the principal's creds. He knows a potential thug when he sees one.

But the sad truth is, it's not the principal's job to raise that boy. His PARENTS (or in this case, PARENT) should be doing that, but mama doesn't appear to have a good handle on that task.

The boy's mother, Aroni Rucker, said Wednesday her son had trouble adjusting to his first year of school and may have been disruptive, but he did nothing to warrant such treatment.

``They put handcuffs on my baby,'' Rucker said. ``That's for adults who murder and kill. He's 5. He's in kindergarten.''

Yeah, and when the undiscipined little fuck grows through juvenile delinquency and finally BECOMES an adult who murders and kills, he won't deserve the cuffs then, either, will he? Mama, "trouble adjusting" means that the kid cries a lot, misses his mama and wants to go back home instead of being in school. It DOES NOT mean that he attacks people every day and behaves like a savage.

That's not "trouble adjusting." That's thuggery.

If this were MY son, I think I just might be on the principal's side.


Amen, Rob. The biggest reason our public schools have morphed into expensive day care centers is that teachers and school officials are not allowed to force any discipline on unruly students, who by their disruptive behavior, keep the rest of the students from learning anything useful. Thank your local lawyer for that.

Aroni Rucker might approve of the principal's actions if the parents of all of the kids her little bundle of joy attacked got a some lawyers and sued her ass off. (see, the lawyers make out from both sides - dontcha just love it?)

If I were the kid's parent(s), I'd award the principal a medal!

Posted by: Vulgorilla on December 16, 2004 03:53 PM

Get rid of public schools and compulsory education. Why should taxpayers fund an expensive failure? which is what 95% of our govt is.

Death to the weakling, wealth to the strong.

Posted by: horse with no-- on December 16, 2004 04:37 PM

When I was four years old, I ran across the street to join some friends who were playing on the other side. The next thing I knew, I felt the Hand o' God coming down on my shoulder in an iron grip. It was my mother, who hustled me right back across the street and proceeded to whale the tar out of me. It's almost 50 years later, and I still look both ways when I cross the street.

And when I hocked a loogie in the bus when I was five? That bus driver strode to the back of the bus, picked me up bodily, and carried me to the front row, where he made me sit so he could keep an eye on me. I was humiliated - never hocked any more loogies on the bus, I can tell you that.

My wife teaches. If parents aren't disciplining their kids, sure as hell someone has to.

Or you get the little scenario I saw on a Delta flight last week.

Posted by: Steve on December 16, 2004 04:37 PM

In general, I'm with you Acidman. In specific cases, I like to withhold judgment when I don't know any of the people involved.

Posted by: john on December 16, 2004 04:42 PM

You know, as long as the principal called me first, I'd have told him to go for it. Cuff that brat, haul him around for a while, and let the cop scare the everliving crap out of him.

I have a daughter who has not given me any problems in the classroom but if she does, I have already given one principal the authorization to use corporal punishment if it fits the offense.

Bad Mom? Nope.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on December 16, 2004 11:57 PM

Might? In what way is this punishment? Now if the cops took his ass behind the toolshed and gave him "what for," that Might be bad, but this?

Posted by: Pete on December 17, 2004 12:02 PM

Handcuffs are for adults who murder and kill?

Hell, lady, they're for anyone who gets arrested.

Posted by: Sigivald on December 17, 2004 02:38 PM

Shit, they shoulda fried the litle bastard and
saved everyone from paying $38,000 a year
to keep him in prison later on when he shoots
his mamma in the head after stealing Unka
Joe's car and robbing a liquor store. This is
so fucking ridiculous that they should just
give the little bastard a medal for being "most
likely to be on death row."

Posted by: BJK on December 17, 2004 10:07 PM
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