Here’s a hypothetical situation for you:
Say there’s a kid who defends his mother’s point of view at school. And let’s say that that point of view was that guns weren’t bad, and in fact, could save lives in certain situations. And finally, say that because of his defense of that point of view, and the mere hint that his mom might own an unregistered gun, he was taken aside, interrogated by police, and then sent to Child Protective Services while his house was searched for what the school reported as a “Possible Unregistered Firearm,” which the police eventually found, and subsequently arrested his mother for possessing.
How would that make you feel? Angry? Outraged? Headed towards your search engine of choice to find the appropriate GoFundMe page for her legal defense?
Now say that instead of possessing an illegal weapon she bought for protection, her crime was that she was in possession of some pot, and that her son’s school had called CPS because he defended his mom’s position on marijuana during a drug education class.
And for that, her son has been taken away from her by the state, after police obtained a search warrant to go through her house – based on her son’s statements in school – in search of drug paraphernalia.
How does THAT make you feel?
Has your anger softened now that pot was what the child was interrogated about?
What if I told you that second scenario ACTUALLY HAPPENED in Kansas?
Shona Banda’s 11-year-old son was singled out and interrogated by police after he defended pot in his drug awareness class. That interrogation led to police searching his mom’s house- after somehow managing to OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT!
Yes, a judge decided that the statements of an 11-year-old were enough to justify a warrant because his mom might have pot.
Shona’s son, who is only guilty of trying to defend his mom’s point of view, has been removed from her custody after the police arrested her for possession of the small amount of pot and canabis oil that she’d been using to treat her Crohn’s disease.
It’s not just a “drug thing” either. Between Common Core, Race To The Top, and Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, there seems to be framework for vast swaths of kids’ data to be collected, although it’s unclear what that data is, or how it will be collected. Then there’s the movement in Puerto Rico to categorize parents of overweight children as ABUSIVE– a trend I’m sure will be hitting mainland USA if the nannies in New York City are any indicator.
To me, this is terrifying. Government agencies using kids against their parents is 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Communist China/USSR levels of messed up.
And if we turn a blind eye to this situation just because “she shouldn’t have had any pot”, then we get what we deserve when they come after us for something else.