Zero tolerance policies have really fucked up childhood but good. When we were little snots, we all either were or knew the slightly bad kids in school, the ones who cut in lines or were the first kids to sneak cigarettes or talked back to the teacher. We also knew the one or two true psychopath dangerous kids you did not fuck with because you saw them pulling wings off live animals and talking about burning the world down. Now everybody who shows the slightest bit of grade school aggression is being lumped into the bully category, making it impossible to actually
lobotomize deal with the nut job kids.
Like this unnamed 14-year old in Florida they arrested for bullying 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick to the point she climbed up a concrete silo and jumped to her death. That doesn’t happen from snatching milk money or telling somebody their music sucks. That takes some sick and twisted doing over a long stretch of time. And this 14-year old did just that. Because some boy she liked also liked Rebecca. So she started calling Rebecca names on line, then moved to death threats, then started shoving her at school, forcing other girls to torment and assault the 12-year old. Rebecca’s parents moved her to another school. But did that stop middle school Stalin? Nope, she kept up the aggression and name calling and online pleas for Rebecca to kill herself, until Rebecca finally climbed the silo.