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Brickbat: Collective Punishment

beer canNayneung1 / DreamstimeAfter officials at New Jersey's Randolph High School found a beer can at a high school football game, they ordered 75 students sitting nearby to a classroom. Then they called their parents and gave them two hours to have blood or urine tests performed on the students. If anyone refused, their child would be suspended from school.

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  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    New Jersey vampires are getting inventive.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    If a student tested positive for alcohol, his or her parents had to pay for the test, while negative tests were covered by the board of education, according to district policy...

    Phew, at least that money came from the board and not from parents.

  • Longtobefree||

    Covered by the board of education - - -
    AKA taxpayers.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Superintendent Fano released a follow-up letter Wednesday, in which she apologized to the parents and kids who were inconvenienced by going to the emergency rooms for screenings. But she said she stands by the decision of staff to carry out the procedure at the game.

    Sounds like a sincere apology.

  • Longtobefree||

    Text up - a study of why NJ emergency rooms are so crowded

  • Longtobefree||

    Or maybe Next up.
    Spell checkers must be computers

  • croaker||

    Sounds like "fuck you, that's why."

  • Trigger Warning||

    What kind of beer?

  • Fist of Etiquette||


  • Trigger Warning||

    Mustache filtered. Fortified with vitamins Z, B, and amphetamine.

    My guess is The Beast. Kids drink that, cuz it'll get you drunk, so you don't mind that it tastes like ice brewed horse piss.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Beast Ice or GTFO.

  • Trigger Warning||

    Pffftt. Real men drink Miller High Life* and learn, with superb control, how to suppress the gag reflex.

    *Every joke about every bad American beer notwithstanding, Miller High Life is the worst beer in the universe.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Worse than Vogon Gargle Ale?

  • Trigger Warning||


  • Wizard4169||

    Miller is pretty bad, but my vote for worst goes to Corona. Pour that stuff back into the burro and leave the world a better place.

  • croaker||

    Spoken like a man who never tried Lone Star Beer, the only beer that comes pre-skunked.

  • OGREtheTroll||

    Hey lets clog up our vital Emergency Rooms by making a bunch of kids get blood tests because one of them might possibly have drank some beer! Oh and lets make the taxpayers pay for it all!

  • geo1113||

    Wouldn't "fuck you" be the proper response by the parents?

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Only if they're a 7 or higher.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Pangaro said she was on the defensive when she was first told to get her son tested for alcohol, but that she now has more sympathy for school officials.

    "A few days have passed, and you sit back and you look at the whole picture," she said. "It wasn't handled correctly, but I think the intentions were good at the time, and it was really to protect everybody."

    Fano also said social media video later surfaced showing kids drinking at pregame parties, a video that has since been turned over to police.

    "Teenage drug and alcohol abuse is a national epidemic and Randolph is certainly not exempt from the problem. I am hopeful that Friday's events will serve as an important learning experience for all of us," she said in the letter.


  • geo1113||

  • Microaggressor||

    1 beer can is an indication of alcohol abuse/national epidemic.
    Don't forget, these are the people who teach our children.
    I guess critical thinking is too problematic these days - it sometimes leads to Wrong Opinions.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    As outrageous as this action by the school and police was, what's even worse is how people like Pangaro not only accept it but think it's ok because it was "well intended." New Jersey is of course a progressive totalitarian nightmare for this very reason.

  • Zeb||

    Teenage drug and alcohol abuse is a national epidemic

    Oh, for fuck's sake, no it isn't. It's completely normal teenage behavior and if anything there is less of it than there was 20 or 30 years ago.

    "It wasn't handled correctly, but I think the intentions were good at the time, and it was really to protect everybody."

    Can women be cucks?

  • Frank White||

    My response would have been: "No, I do not give permission. If you suspend my child, I must give you fair warning. I will sue you. Not the school district. You. No, you will not be protected from my lawsuit since there is no local, state or federal law giving you the right to violate me or my child's constitutional rights. Your insurance company, assuming you even have one, will not cover you in this instance." (I have no idea what my chances in court would be, but I would honestly sue the teacher.)

  • Longtobefree||

    This is New Jersey - I can tell you exactly what your chances will be in the state courts. zero.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Luckily there are federal courts where you can sue too.

  • Longtobefree||

    New Jersey - the newest constitution-free zone.

  • Griffin3||

    Something something brick in the wall.

  • Vernon Depner||

    Get your kids out of public school. They are in danger there.

  • Conchfritters||

    So the consequences for not allowing the school to violate the kids constitutional rights is suspension? Fuck that business, and fuck the little Eva Braun superintendent bitch - I'd tell her to get fucked.

  • Rogers1234||

    And I would send my kid to school anyway.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    2 thoughts:

    1. How does the school board think they are going to recoup the cost of the test from any "positive" testers?
    2. Would be awesome if each student tested positive for 1/75th of a beer. I mean, Jesus tap-dancing Christ, 75 people tested because "a" beer was found?

  • Wizard4169||

    You'd think by high school they would have learned that you're supposed to bring enough for everybody.


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