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Was This “Tattle-Tale Culture” Encouraged by Public Schools? | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 23, 2018

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/was-this-tattle-tale-culture-encouraged-by-public-schools/

By Joe Jarvis

The band Bowling for Soup has a song called “High School Never Ends.”

In it, the singer complains that he thought all the terrible things about high school would end once he graduated.

Unfortunately, he discovers…

The whole damned world is just as obsessed
With who’s the best dressed and who’s having sex
Who’s got the money, who gets the honeys
Who’s kinda cute and who’s just a mess
And you still don’t have the right look
And you don’t have the right friends
Nothing changes but the faces, the names and the trends
High school never ends

I couldn’t help thinking of this song as I watched four videos this week of “tattle-tales” calling the police for the dumbest reasons.

“Cornerstore Caroline” called the police to accused a nine-year-old black boy of groping her butt at a convenience store. Security cameras showed that his backpack accidentally brushed up against her.

“Golf Cart Gail” called police on a father on the sidelines of his son’s soccer game, as well as apparently the rest of the rival team’s parents.

In July, “ID Adam” called police on a woman after she refused to show her ID at a community pool, even though she had already used the necessary swipe card to open the locked gate.

And a student called campus safety officers to ask for an escort to her car because she saw Trump supporters and didn’t feel safe.

“Did somebody make threats to you?” The security officer asks.

“I mean, I don’t, I feel like my physical threat is like–my physical safety–is at, like, a threat. I’m just, I don’t feel comfortable walking over there, because I feel like they might jump me or something like that. I just, I don’t know, I just need someone to walk me to my car.”

The officer tells her that they don’t have the personnel to do that. She asks what she should do then. And he says, “I don’t know.”

Then there was “Permit Patty” who called the cops on an 8-year-old black girl selling water and “Barbeque Becky” who called the cops on a group of black people cooking out in public.

The mainstream media plays up the racial elements of these instances. More likely is that this happens all the time regardless of race. But the racial videos go viral because that is the narrative being pushed right now…

But the real problem is the knee-jerk reaction to call the police over such trivial things. It’s like society has devolved to a point where no one is an adult. People can’t just work things out among themselves, or simply get over it.

They have to tell the teacher.

These people are stuck in high school. They have been indoctrinated to get the authorities on their side whenever they have a minor personal problem.

It’s really a sleazy and pathetic way to behave. It’s not like anyone in any of these situations was actually in danger. They were trying to throw the government’s weight behind tiny, unimportant disputes…

People like to pretend that high school trains you for the real world.

So then people think the real world is asking for permission to speak, eat lunch, and use the bathroom. People internalize that you need to prove your innocence everywhere you go with hall passes, late passes, and permission slips.

It feels normal to prod nosily into other people’s business because that’s what teachers have been doing for twelve years.

In schools, you have no right to privacy.

But some students like this, like the girl who is afraid of Trump supporters. She wants to give up her privacy and freedom in order to have a safe space. She wants an authoritarian state modeled after a public school, as long as it means she gets escorted to her car by government agents.

All this starts with indoctrination in public schools.

And we are left with immature whiny adults who can’t solve their own problems.

Be seeing you

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