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The New Mexico Department of Public Education has apologized for sending a truancy letter to the parents of Landon Fuller, asking them to report why their son was not enrolled this school year. Landon, 11, killed himself last April. Making the letter even worse, the parents had alerted Hobbs Municipal Schools and officially withdrawn Landon from school the day after his death. After his death, his parents found an entry in his journal complaining that classes were not in session and staying at home all the time and being unable to see his friends was driving him mad.

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  1. Kids are so soft now a days. I grew up in the 60’s and early 70’s with two sisters and a brother. Both my parents worked, one older car, no AC, cell phone, internet, got school clothes one a year. Never ate out, went on vacation,. Worked all through high school to help out, buy my own clothes and such. Even paid our house payment out of my saving while working at the local Gulf station a few months as a senior. I use to get off the bus after school, work 4 to 10 5 to 6 days a week. I thought I was lucky, had a job and money in my pocket.

    1. The New Mexico Department of Public Education has apologized for sending a truancy letter to the parents of Landon Fuller, asking them to report why their son was not enrolled this school year.Making the letter even worse, the parents had alerted Hobbs Municipal Schools and officially withdrawn Landon from school the day after his death.

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      4. Luxury. We used to dream of being locked inside a house with only our parents for company for months on end. We lived in a locked sewer with only an alligator for company for months on end. Sometimes it would eat us and sometimes we would eat it – and we ran out of food, our parents would find another sewer to lock us in for months on end.

        1. You were lucky to have a sewer! There were 12 of us crammed inside a disposable surgical mask in the bottom of a biowaste bin.

    3. You forgot” Up hill, both ways, in 6 feet of snow.”

      1. Had to do my homework on a shovel.

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  3. Another tragic covid-related death. I blame Trump.

    1. I blame San Andrea.

  4. I can’t imagine losing a child, and the lockdown may not have been the ultimate cause, but it’s reasonable to assume that with the state firearms preventing normal socializing withdrawn and the ability to get support from peers, the boy would be alive. But the “pajama class” insisted that we isolate because they could do so easily and without consequence, and politicians took that cheerleading and ran with their newfound powers over the citizens. And here we are. End of rant.

    1. You have to wonder if this stuff is being done out of ignorance or if they know full well what they’re doing.

      Well, except in the case of Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo and Bill DiBlasio, especially given DeBlasio’s recent comment on the coronavirus presenting an opportunity to redistribute wealth. They definitely know what they’re doing – driving the kulaks out of business. Remember, if you’re a small businessman, you didn’t build that. Yet so many small businessmen stubbornly persist in believing that they did in fact build that. They stubbornly persist in being independent-minded individualists and we must get rid of these dangerous people and their dangerous ideas about hard work and self-sufficiency and personal responsibility and capitalism.

      1. I’m still thinking that Newsom and Cuomo & much gov’t overreacted and cannot pull back at this time. What could they say? “Sorry I ruined your business and kids education. Go back to normal.”
        You make some good points about planning this but I don’t think they are that smart or organized.

        Also, Karens and germaphobes – there’s that.

        1. And this is how bad they behaved during Covid bullshit. Imagine how they would act during a real emergency, like a major natural disaster or actual war. Their authoritarianism would know no bounds.

        2. Was it Ross Perot who said “when you find yourself in a hole, you should at least stop digging?”

          Of course when a politician digs a whole, no matter how deep and destructive it becomes, they just have to keep digging lest they admit they were wrong in the first place. So expect a lot more doubling down before anything is over.

      2. “dangerous ideas about hard work and self-sufficiency and personal responsibility and capitalism.”

        All white racist patriarchal constructs. So, evil.

      3. It is being done because those clowns went overboard in the beginning of this. If they give in now, it will show how badly they screwed up. They are afraid of being held accountable for their actions. This way they can just say that the vaccines fixed everything and do not have to admit their guilt. Then you also have the people who they scared into obedience, who might come after them if they find out how badly they were mislead.

        1. Double down, deflect, wait for the crisis to resolve [which it would have done more easily had they not fucked with it to show that they were “doing something”] and then wait for it to be last years news and “move on”

    2. There is a ton of truth to this – and especially looking at it as the pajama class v others.

  5. It might make me a curmudgeon, but if the kid killed himself due to Covid isolation, he probably would have done so over something else if it didn’t exist. Depressive illness tends to work that way.

    The real story here is the school’s callousness. Did no one think to double check if it wasn’t the student who died before sending the letter? Or, were they, like the school secretary in Lenore Skenazy’s article yesterday, simply “following orders,” like the concentration camp guards they are?

    1. Yes, but if he hadn’t been so isolated he might have gotten some help before it got that far instead.

    2. “…he probably would have done so over something else if it didn’t exist”

      Probably right after reading your words of wisdom.

      Probably and What-ifs work both ways. Could a reduction in stress have save him? Probably. Would it save a thousand others too? Probably. Would it improve the quality for millions? Probably…

      1. Just like all those people dying of Covid probably would have just died of something else if it weren’t for the pandemic.

    3. he probably would have done so over something else if it didn’t exist. Depressive illness tends to work that way.

      So you looked into this medical/behavioral history, saw a pattern of depression and surmised this?

      1. He is probably right, when an 11 year old commits suicide there is a lot more wrong than a COVID lockdown, it just adds to whatever was brewing already. Beyond that general assumption, you are all just speculating for the hell of it.

  6. Government funded indoctrination daycare doesn’t care. Welcome to your neo marxist future.

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    1. Yes, we now have the RIGHT TOP MAN for the job and all will be fine, because good intentions never ever pave a road to perdition.

  8. I’m surprised it was ever covered in the media. Around here, the only sob stories are about a grocery clerk who caught chicom-19 and died, or a sister talking about her heroic nurse sister who died, or the cop who died, or the teacher who is scared to teach in person. Can you image how depressed we would all be if, year after year, the media reported every respiratory illness, cancer or heart disease death this way?

    1. Or every automobile fatality.

      “The Governor is issuing a stay-at-home mandate so that this tragic occurrence will never happen again!”

      1. And if something bad does happen, it’s your own fault for not doing as you were told

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  10. good old cold bureaucracy failing as usual. create a system to send automatic letters….. don’t think to include removing kids from list after they die….

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