22 September 2011


No, that's not a still of a relocation camp featured in some dystopian movie.  No, that isn't Patrick Swayze back there near the fence of the abandoned Drive-In from Red Dawn.  No, that's not even a ---- camp that the government says don't exist.  That is a Post-Dispatch photo of a militarized police officer guarding guarding some students at St. Charles High School while the school was under "lockdown".

There apparently was a threat of some kind of harm to the school, students and teachers contained in a note, say the authorities, and although no one was harmed and no weapons found, the police did get to do a systematic search of the school grounds, lockers, and student possessions.  The students were searched, made to pass through metal detectors, and herded out to the football field under the watchful care of the St. Charles police "Special Response Team".

One of the mothers in the story, expressing relief her daughter was safe, had the quote of the day:

"It's a horrible thing to get a phone call at work and learn your daughter has been targeted," she said.  

I agree with the quote.


The Hussar said...

"And we need the Southern gentleman more than the English or French or Spanish gentleman. For the aristocrat of Old Dixie, with all his faults and inconsistencies, did understand what the gentle man of Old Europe generally did not. He did understand the Republican ideal, the notion of the Citizen as it was understood among the noblest of the pagans. That combination of ideal democracy with real chivalry was a particular blend for which the world was immeasurably the better; and for the loss of which it is immeasurably the worse. It may never be recovered; but it will certainly be missed." G.K. Chesterton, On America, from "Come to Think of It" by G.K.C.

It certainly is.

Methodist Jim said...

Just curious . . . assuming the existence of a public school in St. Charles and assuming the existence of "a threat of some kind of harm to the school", what would you have school officials do instead?

Or, better yet, assume that instead of "some kind of harm to the school," there was a note "threatening to hurt 18 St. Charles High School students and blow up the school," which also referenced the "mass murders at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech," what would you have school officials do instead?

The Riopel Family said...

and yet another reason to add to the list of why we homeschool... when my 16 yr old came home from bishop carroll high school last year (his soph yr there) and told me that they had the drug sniffing dogs there again. first i thought~ again!? when was the 1st time?~ and then my mind shifted one step closer to locking my children up at home, with me, in our compound, off the grid. while i have not gone that far~YET!, we are happily homeschooling. away from the drugs and violence~ok, maybe a little domestic violence :)
and in answer to methodist jim, why can't the kids go home? what if there was someone who did have a gun and all the police did was round the students up, in an open area, and make them easy targets. there is definately a smarter, safer way to handle this...

Bsdouglass said...

Huzzah to The Hussar!

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