Friday, February 5, 2010

A bit excessive, don't you think?

A 12-year-old Queens girl was hauled out of school in handcuffs for an artless offense - doodling her name on her desk in erasable marker, the Daily News has learned.

I could see detention, a stern lecture from a school official, or something of that sort as reasonable enough. Requiring the girl to wash off desks that have been marked on after school would even seem quite appropriate - the sort of thing I'd probably suggest. Otherwise, what we have here is yet another excessive abuse of authority - the sort that in the long run undermines respect. The girl will probably not doodle on desks any more, but, I also doubt she'll quite trust those in positions of authority either. Given how dysfunctional our adult role models have been for more years than I'd want to count, maybe that's not such a bad lesson to learn - depending of course on what she decides to do with that lesson as she grows up.

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