The hardest part about implementing a police state is getting the people to fully submit to it. Sure we see mindless submission to the state left and right but if the state inconveniences the populace too much the populace will eventually give the state a jolly old send off. What you really need to do is get people used to the police state while they’re still young, which is what Texas has been doing:
He is looking down on a courtroom full of teenagers and their parents who are facing “Class C” misdemeanour offences for skipping school.
At the truancy courts of Dallas in Texas, absence from class or repeated late arrivals are punishable with fines of up to $500 (£316).
“A Class C misdemeanour is the lowest level of all the criminal offences, it would be the equivalent of a traffic ticket or not abiding by a stop sign on the street,” says Judge Sholden, who can also hand out sanctions like essays and book reports in his sentence.
The use of the court system to correct student behaviour is a popular policy used in schools across Texas.
A recent study put the number of Class C tickets issued to young people at around 300,000 per year.
Using the judicial system to punish students for skipping class? If that doesn’t scream police state what does? But wait, there’s more:
“I ran into a mother recently whose daughter wrote her name on a school desk in highlighter and she was given a felony conviction for that.
Felony. Conviction. Because a girl wrote here name on her desk with a highlighter she is barred the right to own firearms and vote (unless Texas expunges juvenile convictions, including felonies, when a kid becomes and adult but that is becoming rare). Back in my day (now I’m sounding old) we were merely made to clean off the graffiti and sent on our way. Instead of ruining the life of a student for nothing more than easily washed off graffiti we simply had to correct our wrong, which is how it should be.
Of course this kind of school disciplinary system has two benefits to the state; it gets students used to the police state and raises money. If skipping class can net you a fine of $500, how much money do you think is brought in through fines in the Texas school system? I’m guessing it’s quite a bit. After all, fines exist for the sole purpose of raising money for the state.
I’m guessing this method of dealing with transgressions by school kids will spread beyond Texas, it’s just too authoritarian not to.