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Zero Tolerance Insanity: Gifted & Talented Kid Suspended for a Year for Maple Leaf

Want to know why school choice is spreading like wildfire? Because of idiot administrators like these ones.

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Update: This story is actually is actually six months old! Reason's Robby Soave covered it back in March. Read his excellent account here.

In July, a judge allowed the Bays' lawsuit against the school district to proceed. Read about that here.

The leaf you see to the right is not a marijuana leaf. It's from a Japanese maple leaf and despite its possessing no psychoactive qualities, its possession was enough to get an 11-year-old boy suspended FOR A YEAR from a Virginia public school.

Writes Dan Casey in the Roanoke (Va.) Times:

An assistant principal finds a leaf and a lighter in the boy's knapsack. The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff's deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court.

All of the above and more happened last September to the 11-year-old son of Bedford County residents Bruce and Linda Bays. He was a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School.

There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn't marijuana. A prosecutor dropped the juvenile court charge because the leaf had field-tested negative three times….

Their son remains out of school — he's due to return Monday on strict probation. But in the meantime, the events of the past six months have wreaked havoc on the formerly happy-go-lucky boy's psyche. His parents say he's withdrawn socially, and is now under the care of a pediatric psychiatrist for panic attacks and depression.

The couple — both are schoolteachers — have filed a federal lawsuit against Bedford County Schools and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

Welcome to the beyond-Kafkaesque world of zero-tolerance policies, in which gifted-and-talented kids get bounced for a year for no good goddamn reason. This is why school choice is winning, folks, and why it will continue to do so despite all the might forces arrayed against it. We're getting too old for this shit, as parents, as taxpayers, as a country, for god's sake.

All's well that ends well, right? Well, no.

The Bays are out money for lawyers and doctors, and they're out the time they've taken to homeschool their child. Meanwhile, his psyche is very fragile now compared to its state before Wilson found the leaf in his knapsack.

Linda Bays said that based on scuttlebutt she's heard since his suspension, she believes one or two students who dislike her son put the leaf in his knapsack, probably on the bus, and then informed school officials about it.

That's left a situation in which, Bruce Bays said, "any kid can tell on another kid and set that kid up. And a principal or assistant principal could potentially push a kid out of school."

Linda Bays added: "Why would you want an 11-year-old gifted-and-talented student out of school for 364 days?" That's a good question. It seems out of proportion to the offense.

Read the whole thing here.

Hat tip: Washington Post.

When the youngs set the olds adrift on ice floes, it will be for utterly asinine antics such as this one.

In many ways, this situation sums up virtually all that is wrong in twilight America: an educational system that is more devoted to stupidity than teaching; brutal and unresponsive and mostrously idiotic authority; a fear of pot that outmatches the fear of witches in colonial Massachusetts; and an expensive and bureaucratic court system and school boards fully capable of exploiting it against the very parents and taxpayers who support it.

Related: "3 Reasons School Choice is Growing"

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160 responses to “Zero Tolerance Insanity: Gifted & Talented Kid Suspended for a Year for Maple Leaf

  1. Maple leaf? No wonder they suspended this trouble maker, he’s one of them Canadians, they’re the worst! Wait… wut, Japanese maple leaf? OMG, a Canadian chingaling slant eyed Canuck, they’re worse than the worst!

    We need a war on maple leafs!

    1. What about the Toronto hockey team?

      1. They need to make the playoffs first before rising to the level of legitimate target.

      2. It would be like declaring war on Luxembourg.

    2. “a Canadian chingaling slant eyed Canuck”

      The root source of yellow snow

  2. Oh, and that actually is a cannabis leaf if I’m not mistaken. There are Japanese Maple trees all over this neighborhood and that looks more like cannabis than any maple leaf I’ve ever seen.

    1. Yeah, I think it is cannabis.

      1. I would say 99% positive it is. I’ve never seen any other leaf look that much like it if it’s not, and I’ve been an avid gardener for decades. And I’ve seen plenty of cannabis leaves. (note, at no time were any of those ever in my possession).

        1. There are variations among the leaves of different types of Japanese Maple. Some look more “ganja-y” than others.

          1. WE SHOULD SMOKE THEM ALL TO BE SURE. FOR THE CHILDREN

          2. Yes, but none of them look that ganja-y

        2. Also, doesn’t weed have 9 segments not seven? Or is that variable?

          1. It varies between 5 and 9 depending on cultivar I think.

            1. More like 1-11 in my experience, depending more on maturity, peaking usually at 7-9 in mid-life (3-4 months).

              Often at maturity you will see single bladed leaves protruding from the buds.

              1. I’m thinking of the foliage. Thought I don’t claim to be an expert.

              2. uuhhhhh….ok gene.

          2. It varies, I’ve seen up to 15.

      2. Sincerely hoping you guys don’t actually think the picture in this article is the leaf from the boys backpack. This site is REASON.com right?

    2. You are correct.

      Here’s a pic comparing the two.

      http://cdn.instructables.com/F……LARGE.jpg

      Nick?

    3. That looks absolutely nothing like the Japanese Maples in my yard.

      1. Can you refine the sap of your Japanese Maples to get a syrup that you can use on pancakes AND rice?

  3. “We teach critical-thinking skills by mindlessly following rules” – School Board

  4. “He wasn’t even stripped searched? Darn it!”

    -Clarence Thomas

  5. So, is a year suspension normal now if you get caught with drugs in school? Seems like it was 2 weeks at most when I was a lad, for a first offense (plus whatever the cops did to you, which never seemed to amount to much).

    Regarding this case, what is with the “strict probation” crap? Shouldn’t they be apologizing to him and doing everything they can to get him back on track since they fucked up and got it wrong?

    1. He’s a convict. He’s lucky they let him come back at all.

      1. He’s likely now a partial citizen for life. Any slight transgression against the state is a life time sentence, no matter how cushy the sentence is.

        1. And imagine when the family’s lawsuit against Officer Dumbshit gets started. I hope they know to move.

    2. They call it a “Level 4” here. Automatic expulsion. Fun loop hole; don’t sign the code of conduct and they can’t give you a level 4 and you have plausible deniability of knowing it was against the rules.

      1. Because nothing helps you get on the right track like getting kicked out of school and having the police charge you with some bullshit.

        1. It’s a valuable lesson Zeb. Shut the fuck up and do what you’re told or we will grind you into the ground.

        2. Speaking of violent gangs, I watched the Warriors last night and had forgot there was no real plot.

    3. Regarding this case, what is with the “strict probation” crap?

      The ‘strict probation’ is essentially an accountability deflecting device.

      When you know you’re in the wrong, rather than become a target yourself, you ‘reduce the charges’ to something like disturbing the peace *cough*2007 Boston Bomb scare*cough* while scolding them as to how things are different now and they should be more careful.

      I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I think it’s sort of similar, or in a similar vein as insulting a woman, or giving her a backhanded compliment in an attempt to bed her.

  6. It’s good to know Great Benevolent Leaders of Irving Tx have decided not to press charges. Libertarian moment!

    IRVING, Texas ? Police say they will not charge a 14-year-old Muslim boy whose teachers were alarmed when he brought a homemade clock to his Texas high school.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/na…..-for-bomb/

    PS: i know this was covered on Reason earlier, I’m just posting the fact that most benevolent government has shown mercy.

    No word on whether pants-wetting teachers will be charged with anything.

    1. He’s still suspended from school for 3 days.

    2. So exposed circuit boards are inherently suspicious?

      I assume that this is all because some meat head saw a bomb in a movie once that had some exposed circuits and blinking lights.

      1. I’m pretty sure it was the clock that did it.

        Every bomb on Looney Tunes usually had a clock. You know, the kind with the two bells on top?

        1. Oh, I assumed the picture was of him with his clock.

          That’s even stupider.

      2. Movies and cartoons taught me that bombs are a bunch of circuit boards, wires, and a clock ticking down. No actual explosives are needed, right?

        Same with the case above. The lawyer for the city and school district said he looked up on the internet what a pot leaf looked like and it looked like what the kid had:

        [QUOTE]”The young man was telling people on the bus that he had marijuana that was given to him by someone from the high school,” Guynn told me. The attorney added the leaf was not dried, as marijuana typically is, but that “it was a little sprig” that looked to Guynn exactly like a photo of a marijuana leaf he found on the Internet.
        [/QUOTE]

        1. I find your lack of proper HTML use disturbing.

          1. I was posting on BBCode just before that and screwed up. I dumb. 🙁

            (but by Florida standards, I genius)


            1. (but by Florida standards, I genius)

              Why don’t you just say you’re the smartest kid with Down’s Syndrome.

    3. Now imagine what would have happened to the kid if a) his father wasn’t a successful businessman, b) not a member of a trendy protected class. Imagine the kid is the loner, White lower-middle class, black trenchcoat wearing, fuzzy lip and neckbeard, kind of smelly, Harris and Klebold type. He did nothing wrong, but he looks “the type”. Would the President have tweeted his support?

      1. Unknown and unknowable. I do share your cynicism, however.

        Also: Mark Zuckerberg did a public post asking the kid to stop by. Hoping that in a few years he’s able to rub the principal’s nose in the fact that he as an junior engineer is making several times the principal’s salary.

        1. Hoping that in a few years he’s able to rub the principal’s nose in the fact that he as an junior engineer is making several times the principal’s salary.

          Well if he has his dad’s drive (from hot dog vendor to owner of 200 plus taxi fleet), he’ll be successful with or without Zuckerberg’s help.

      2. I’m pretty sure the President only tweeted in support of himself. Supporting the kid might have entailed mentioning public schools were pieces of shit filled with dangerous morons.

        1. Comment of the day!

    4. It’s OK, Obama tweeted his support.

      1. I noticed that. Would have been nice if Obama had filed federal civil rights charges against everyone involved, shut down the teachers union and the school, put it in federal receivership and distributed the pension accounts to the student’s family, while making the entire cabal of officials bow and apologize, Japanese style.

        1. while making the entire cabal of officials bow and apologize, Japanese style.

          You mean bukkake?

          1. He said bow not blow Japanese style, HM.

        2. Well, in all fairness the POTUS does not file charges himself, and to do so without an investigation would be just the type of arbitrary abuse of power of which the principal and cops are guilty.

          1. Well, in all fairness the POTUS does not file charges himself, and to do so without an investigation would be just the type of arbitrary abuse of power of which the principal and cops are guilty.

            *snorts up juice all over monitor*

            So why did Obama pick this moment to show restraint?

  7. Meanwhile, his psyche is very fragile now

    And he wasn’t supposed to be reduced to that state until college.

  8. Those who can, do.

    Those who can’t, teach.

    Those who can’t teach become school administrators.

    1. Those who can, do.

      Those who can’t, teach.

      Where does that come from, anyway? Always seemed a bit unfair to teachers to me. At least the ones who are any good at the job.

      Most of the teachers I had that were worth a damn came to teaching after doing something real for a while.

      1. Putting aside insulting the the education establishment itself, that’s long been an adage, and my father first introduced it to me decades ago in relation to professional sports. And the adage really had nothing to do with insulting teachers.

        As a very young boy, I was curious why people who taught or coached sports weren’t the best players.

        My father introduced me to the concept where there were people who were very good at intellectualizing a process, such as swinging a tennis racket or dunking a basketball, but didn’t have the physical talents to actually swing the racket or dunk the basketball, at least not well enough to beat Michael Jordan or Jimmy Connors in a game of one-on-one.

        1. How many physicists do you see on the pro billiards tour? To put it succinctly.

        2. OK, that makes sense.

          Still seems a bit odd to imply that teaching is not doing.

          1. It’s not so much the teaching itself, but what is being taught.

            For instance, why isn’t your finance teacher a billionaire if he knows so much about money.

        3. So like eunuchs, they know what to do, but they just can’t do it.

          On the other hand, I would think that most coaches played their sport as a youth, right?

          1. I think that is true. Most pro coaches at least played in college or minor leagues as far as I know.

            Similarly, the best teachers are often those who have done something else before teaching.

            1. Similarly, the best teachers are often those who have done something else before teaching.

              I would agree with that. Outside of community college, I don’t know many who have.

          2. They did, but it’s rare that a coach was a TOP player. Larry Bird is a good example of someone who was a top player, and could also intellectualize the process to be an effective coach.

            Magic Johnson was someone who was a top player, but couldn’t coach his way out of a damp paper bag.

          3. HM, to be honest, I believe as a yute I first asked the question when I discovered the world’s top tennis players had “coaches”. I was asking my father how that could be… how can Bjorn Borg have a coach? Can Bjorn Borg’s coach beat Bjorn Borg? Why isn’t Bjorn Borg’s coach a household name?

            1. All I can say is that sometime you need someone who isn’t yourself, but is still knowledgeable about what you do to point out what you are doing wrong. I would guess coaches of pro athletes are also really good at motivating.

          4. Yes, but almost anyone who’s willing to put in the work can be a good athlete at the youth/ high school level. Competing at the large college or pro level in a major sport takes work+ talent.

        4. Yeah, there’s a different skill set needed to lead and develop people as opposed to actually doing that thing. Whether sports and coaching or a team of programmers and their leader, there’s a human dimension to developing a strong team that is not required to be a team member.

          Having said that, there’s no obvious reason why any given individual cannot be very good at being both a team member and the leader, but it appears that to be really good at the human piece takes considerable effort. & To be one of the best players also takes considerable effort. So much effort in both cases, that it’s extremely rare that an individual has both skill sets or enough time to devote to both disciplines to an extent where they can excel in each.

          And note, it’s not just possible, but likely some gravitate and focus of the leadership pieces for survival in that they recognize they will never be a prime player, but this shouldn’t discount the fact that there are very skill sets to successfully develop and lead a strong team are both real and different from those required to be a player.

          1. I always liked a simpler explanation- the “star” that hits .350 all through the minors doesn’t see nearly as much coaching as the guy struggling to hit .240. It’s the guys that have seen numerous coaches who learn to work with a variety of players.

  9. All of the above and more happened last September to the 11-year-old son of Bedford County residents Bruce and Linda Bays. He was a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School.

    There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn’t marijuana. A prosecutor dropped the juvenile court charge because the leaf had field-tested negative three times….

    I would like to point out that every single official in charge during this process is college educated.

    1. Though, to be fair to college education, many are probably education majors.

      1. Not the prosecutor or the people running the testing labs.

        1. Law school probably makes you evil. I can’t think of any excuse for the lab people.

          1. compartmentalization
            They had nothing to do with anything, they get a box, it has a leaf, they respond NOT POT, idiot says test again, lab says “Cool more money” NOT POT. Official says test again lab surreptitiously copies and pastes last test and says NOT POT.

            1. “They had nothing to do with anything, they get a box, it has a leaf, they respond NOT POT, idiot says test again, lab says “Cool more money” NOT POT. Official says test again lab surreptitiously copies and pastes last test and says NOT POT.”

              That’s probably exactly what happened.

    2. More proof that intelligence and reason cannot be taught.

      1. Or perhaps evidence that for certain professions, being taught to put intelligence and reason aside is a positive boon.

  10. Welcome to the beyond-Kafkaesque world of zero-tolerance policies, in which gifted-and-talented kids get bounced for a year for no good goddamn reason.

    Zero tolerance of what, exactly? There were no drugs, there was no contraband. All we have is a large number of horticulurally challenged retards who have their hands firmly wrapped around the levers to power yanking them wildly while screaming unintelligible syllables.

    This shit will not stop until the officials themselves are held personally liable. Personally.

    1. Dude, it looked like drugs! Can’t allow that!

      Around here, e-cigs are treated as drug paraphernalia by public schools. Since it is possible to put pot extract in them, they are all treated as if they were used as such. Zero tolerance means zero judgement. Just mindlessly follow policy like a robot.

  11. The funniest part is that people actually think a fan leaf is what is smoked.

    1. That’s probably why it tested negative. A lower immature leaf on an immature plant wouldn’t have much active ingredients. Although, I would still think it would have some unless it’s ditch weed.

  12. So this week, we’ve learned that practicing botany or building a clock can get you suspended from school; however, sodomizing a disabled girl in a school bathroom doesn’t warrant a suspension.

    1. Ronnie Blair, that the boy had “repeatedly tried to convince girls to have sex with him in the boys’ bathroom on the special needs students’ corridor”

      Has Warty just been doxxed?

      1. No. Warty doesn’t waste time with “convincing”.

        1. Apparently neither did mr. blair.

    2. Well, the progressives are moving us forward and getting our priorities right.

    3. He was suspended. For five days. For anally raping a 14-year-old girl.

      Another tidbit from the story:

      Federal attorneys say details about the severity of the incidents are unavailable because school administrators shredded the boy’s disciplinary files.

      Summary judgement in my courtroom.

      1. You’re right, he was suspended, but he returned to the school 20 days later.

        And this was just number 16, with 15 “incidents” prior.

        1. I’ve never understood that mindset among elementary and high school teachers and admins, where they come down as hard as possible on the relatively good kids and let the evil little shits stay around.

          We had few of those. One was this evil little fuck named Travis. Multiple suspensions. Fighting, stealing, just beating the shit out of people. Once he glued a bunch of thumbtacks to a glove in shop class and punched some random kid in the face. 5 days later, there he was again. His dad wasn’t rich. No one who have made a peep if they expelled him. Nothing.

          1. Perhaps is dad had incriminating pictures of the principal.

            1. His dad would have to wake up from a decade-long drunk to produce them.

          2. I’ve never understood that mindset among elementary and high school teachers and admins, where they come down as hard as possible on the relatively good kids and let the evil little shits stay around.

            Probably the same reason actual studies have shown that non-professional criminal receive harsher sentences than career criminals.

            Once you’ve been in the system, you know how it works and can minimize the impact of a particular punishment.

          3. There was one kid in my school who was “emotionally disturbed” or something. He had some cognitive weirdness, but wasn’t stupid. But he got away with incredible stuff. One time he actually tried to bash the music teacher’s head in with a stool. Fortunately someone sneaked up behind him and held onto the stool so he failed.

        2. But public education is for everyone!

    4. Zero tolerance for anything except actual harm to a disabled child. For fuck’s sake, if you’re going to be a monster and use a retarded child as predator bait, at least fucking monitor her closely enough that she doesn’t get raped.

    5. I forgot about that one. Incredible.

  13. Holy shit. Someone just drove off a flyover and landed on a semi next to my office. Wow. That’s fucking crazy.

    1. What? Where are you?

      1. EAst Houston. It was the flyover from 146 to 225 At the ship channel. Motherfucker lost control of his car and fell off the fucking flyover. This is the 2nd time this week guardrails have failed to prevent fall off crashes.

        1. Do people still regularly run into the trains downtown? I drove there once and had no clue how to deal with those stupid street trains.

          1. No, like squirrels who freeze in the road, Darwinism had pretty much solved that problem.

        2. About 5 years ago I was driving east on route 40 into Baltimore, when you get close to the city there are several overpasses you have go under. Traffic suddenly slowed down and I couldn’t see what happened at first. But a backhoe that was on a flatbed truck had fell off the truck and went over the the rails on the overpass and landed upside down on top of a van and a car. The entire front of the van was gone and the roof of the backhoe looked to be about a foot deep embedded into the pavement. The driver of the car was probably a lot luckier as just the the trunk section of it had been sheared off.

          One of the craziest things I’ve seen for a while.

    2. Michael Bay in town shooting his latest movie?

    3. holy crap
      nice Window view DICK!

      1. I have to stand in the parking lot to see it.

        1. “ooohh Look at me, I’m Brett and I can work from the parking lot.”

          DICK

  14. The Bays are out money for lawyers and doctors, and they’re out the time they’ve taken to homeschool their child. Meanwhile, his psyche is very fragile now compared to its state before Wilson found the leaf in his knapsack.

    It takes a village to grind an entire family to dust.

  15. Hope this kid has no aspirations of joining the military, because this will come up on the background check and disqualify him.

  16. OK, I’ll be the asshole here…

    What the fuck is it with kids and their fragile fucking psyches? Is it because this kid’s parents are teachers?

    1. He’s an 11-year-old boy that just had most of the adults in his life turn out to be venal assholes. That can be upsetting.

      1. Welcome to the party, pal.

      2. And a yearlong suspension is a big fucking deal.

      3. Panic attacks, depression and social withdrawal seems like a bit overboard for “upsetting”.

        1. And it also something they can sue for. Hopefully they’ll bring back debtor’s prison for the principal.

          1. Really, Sug? You know that the principal won’t lose once cent over this. The taxpayers of Bedford county will pay for this coming and going. And the principal will keep his job.

            1. Let me dream, you cynical bastards.

      4. It took him until 11 for that to happen?

  17. Tested three times? Still negative? Next time rub some money on it.

  18. Animals.

    The justice and school system.

    Barbarians.

    They literally ruin lives.

    Animals.

    1. That’s unfair to animals.

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  21. I’m still confused why it would be a problem if it *was* a marijuana leaf.

    Marijuana leaves aren’t a “Drug”. They have less psychoactive element than most common household spices. (or so we’re told)

    He might as well have been suspended for having a Picture of a plant.

    1. He might as well have been suspended for having a Picture of a plant.

      Or for chewing a poptart into the shape of a plant.

  22. OT, funny nanoaggression mockery…

    Michael Murphy
    Call the cops, period. Let them sort it out as best they can.

    ChiliPepperShake
    using the word “period” is offensive to those who have menses or self identify as those who have menses.

    1. I have some friends and family going through the adoption process now and it is a big thing to say “placed” for adoption and not “put up” for adoption because in the past kids were literally put up on a stand for adoption and the stronger kids were adopted for farm work. Also don’t say “gave up” for adoption because that’s negative. I put up a small fight about how the world has gone crazy and then gave up since I was the only dude at the table.

      1. The only dude at the table who was a wizard also.

  23. The government schools are now government prisons. Drug laws create careers and promotions for; judges, cops, lawyers, and prison guards. It prevents competition to alcohol and big pharmacy. Drugs laws, like thousands of other victim-less crimes, gives the enforcers more and more power and the citizens less and less power.

  24. When I was a kid, the stoner kids loved to draw Ohio State logos with a dope leaf instead of the buckeye. I went to see if I could find an example and found this gem of a story.

    The couple was actually returning from Columbus and a funeral when a pair of black police SUV’s stopped them and officers with body armor surrounded the car. With the couple’s two schnauzers barking, Jonas-Boggioni was told to get out of the car. Jonas-Boggioni was immediately asked “What are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your bumper?” After explaining that it was a Ohio State sticker, they were told that they should remove the sticker to avoid further trouble with the police.

    1. Tennessee: Kentucky’s Florida.

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      1. Wut the fuck?… I can’t make any sense of that at all…

      2. That Agile Cyborg do get around.

    3. So the moral of the story is that cops are so retarded that they can’t tell the difference between a bumpersticker and actual contraband?

      1. And they think they can pull someone over for a bumpersticker.

        1. The cops can do absolutely anything they want. Who’s going to stop them? The cops?

    4. Maybe the cops should learn that a bumper sticker isn’t legal grounds for reasonable suspicion. What? Ignorance of the law is an excuse for those who can wield deadly force while enforcing that which they are ignorant of? Oh, never mind.

    5. They didn’t shoot the dogs? That must of been way back in the Somalian era of the USA when the children were in constant danger from marijuana pushers.

    6. Like I said above, it’s a deflection of accountability.

      Everyone: “Hey, what kind of retard are yo…”

      Police with gun, yelling over everyone: “So we’re going to go ahead and drop the charges and let you go with a warning… but if I see you again you’ll be arrested and charged”

  25. Their son remains out of school ? he’s due to return Monday on strict probation. But in the meantime, the events of the past six months have wreaked havoc on the formerly happy-go-lucky boy’s psyche. His parents say he’s withdrawn socially, and is now under the care of a pediatric psychiatrist for panic attacks and depression.

    And for some reason, his parents think the best thing to do is to put him back in the environment where he was surrounded by so many dangerously stupid, powerful adults that this happened to begin with.

    Oh wait, no, I’m sorry. They think he needs to be around more adult authority figures with the power to ruin his life, so they added a psychiatrist.

    1. Look nicole, those adults are trained experts. If they ruin this kid’s life or the life of any other kid in that school, it must be for the greater good.

      1. I’m sure at least one of them isn’t evil, so that makes it okay. Right?

    2. We don’t know what the psychiatrists is telling the boy.

      The psychiatrist might play Xbox with the boy while telling him, “You know son, fuck those people, don’t let ’em get to you… you know if you want, I can have one committed for you… if you’d like… You know, for lulz”

      1. It’s not really about what the psychiatrist tells him. It’s about what he tells the psychiatrist.

    3. Under a watchful eye a young one thrown in the lake develops the ability to swim rather quickly. Brutal but quite efficient.

  26. I hate people.

    That is all. Carry on.

    1. You hate imbeciles and gut-wrenching morons. The term ‘people’ covers Flash Gordon and Salvador Dali the which I cannot allow to be hated by anyone- even R C Dean.

      1. I hate people. Some individuals are OK, but in general, people suck.

        1. I feel myself being gently inhaled by a puddle of hatred quicksand and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

          1. You’ve got a way with words.

            1. I credit your post.

        2. “I love humanity. It’s people I can’t stand!”

      2. Fictional characters, even when played by real people like “Salvador Dali” (if that is even his real name), aren’t “people”.

        But point taken, my agile friend.

        I hate most, but not quite all, people.

      3. I love people. Even when I hate them. However offensive and immoral I may find the things that many people do, I like to keep some perspective on how fucking awesome and amazing and creative we are, whether it is in innovation, art, technology and philosophy or in violence, cruelty and destruction. Whatever it is, humanity in general excels and amazes.

        Now I’ve had my Dr. Who moment, we can return to being crotchety, cynical bastards.

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